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The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), in its Treatment Episode Data Set (TEDS), reported that in relation to admissions to publicly funded drug rehab programs during 2008, over 23% were related to alcohol only; over 18% were related to alcohol in combination with another type of a drug; over 16% were related to marijuana, over 14% were related to heroin; over 8% were related to crack cocaine; well over 6% were related to stimulants; almost 6% were related to prescription opiates; just over 3% were related to powdered cocaine and a little over 0.5% were related to an addiction to tranquilizers.

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), in its Treatment Episode Data Set (TEDS), reported that according to age groups, the admissions to publicly funded drug rehab programs during 2008 reported that over 14% of the individuals were between the ages of 25-29; over 14% were reported to be between the ages of 20-24 years old; over 12% were reported to be between the ages of 40-44 years old; over 11% were reported to be between the ages 35-39 years old; over 11% were reported to be between the ages of 30-34; over 10% were reported be between the ages of 50-59 years old; over 7% of them were reported to be between the minor ages of 12-17 years old; over 4% were reported to be between the ages of 18-19 years old; slightly over 11% were reported to be between the ages of 60-64; and less the 1% were reported to be aged 65 or older.

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), in its Treatment Episode Data Set (TEDS), reported that in relation to admissions to publicly funded drug rehab programs during 2008, over 60% of the admissions were related to individuals who are white, over one-fifth were related to individuals who were African-Americans, and over one- tenth of the drug treatment admissions during 2008 were reported to be connected to individuals that were reported to be of Hispanic or Latino descent.

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), in its Treatment Episode Data Set (TEDS), reported that there were approximately 1.8 million drug treatment program admissions that were related to drug and alcohol abuse; most of these drug rehab program admissions, (over 40%) were related to alcohol abuse.

According to the most current Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration SAMHSA) National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), over 23 million people in the United States who are over the age of 12 were reported to be in need of professional drug treatment services in relation to illicit drug use or an addiction to alcohol during 2009; of these individuals, only 11% of these addicts who needed help, were able to receive it from a facility that specializes in drug or alcohol rehabilitation.

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), in its Treatment Episode Data Set (TEDS), reported that in terms of race, admissions to publicly funded drug rehab programs during 2008, almost 60% of the individuals were reported to be Caucasians, 20.9% were reported to be African American, 13.7% were reported to be of Hispanic origin, slightly over 2% were reported to be American Indian or Alaska Native, 1% were reported to be Asian/Pacific Islanders; and slightly over 2% were reported to be of another race or ethnic background.

According to the Drug Abuse Warning Network (DAWN), during 2009 in the United States, there were over four and a half million drug-related hospital emergency room visits; over half of these were related to people experiencing adverse reactions to pharmaceutical drugs that were taking as prescribed, and well over 40% were related to recreational drug use.

During 2009, DAWN (Drug Abuse Awareness Network) reported that in over 2 million hospital emergency room visits that were related to substance abuse, over one-quarter were directly linked to the recreational use of prescription drugs, over-the-counter medications (OTC), and certain types of dietary supplements; over 20% were related to illicit drugs; and over 14% of these visits were reported to involve alcohol, in combination with various other types of drugs.

The Drug Abuse Awareness Network reported that the hospital emergency room visits that were linked to the recreational use of pharmaceuticals, (that were taken alone or were combined with alcohol or other types of drugs), increase by over 95% between 2004 and 2009, from over 620,000 to over 1,240,000.

According to the Drug Abuse Awareness Network (DAWN), emergency room visits that involved adverse reactions to various different types of pharmaceutical drugs increased by over 80% between the years of 2005-2009, from over 1,250,000 to well over 2,280,000.

During 2009, the Drug Abuse Awareness Network (DAWN) reported that the highest number of hospital emergency room visits was made by individuals who were over the age of 21; specifically, over 80% of these visits were related to patients that were in this age group.

During 2009, the Drug Abuse Awareness Network (DAWN) reported that individuals who were 20 years old and younger were linked to over 19%, of all hospital emergency room visits; DAWN further indicated that over 50% of these emergency room visits were linked directly to recreational drug use.

According to the Drug Abuse Warning Network (DAWN), during 2009 close to a million hospital emergency room visits involved the use of illegal substances; cocaine was reported to be linked to over 422,000 hospital emergency room visits; marijuana use was linked to over 376,000; heroin was linked to over 213,000; and amphetamines and meth were linked to over 90,000 hospital emergency room visits.

During 2009, DAWN (Drug Abuse Awareness Network) reported that illegal drugs such as GHB, PCP, ecstasy and various other types of often legal designer drugs were involved in hospital emergency room visits much less frequently than many of the more commonly used illicit drugs.

According to the Drug Abuse Warning Network (DAWN), during 2009, the rates of hospital emergency room visits that involved marijuana, heroin and cocaine were much higher in relation to males than for females.

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