Survey Says - U.S. Leads World in Substance Abuse
Feb 02, 2009 01:56PM
“The United States, which has been driving much of the world’s drug research and drug policy agenda, stands out, with higher levels of use of alcohol, cocaine and cannabis, despite punitive illegal drug policies, as well as [in many U.S. states], a higher minimum legal alcohol drinking age than many comparable developed countries,” reported the authors of an article on the findings in the journal, PLoS Medicine.
Lifetime marijuana use was virtually nonexistent in Asian countries. Cocaine use in Colombia, Mexico, Spain and New Zealand, next highest after the United States, was significantly lower, around 4 percent. Lowest lifetime tobacco use was found in South Africa, with 32 percent, and Nigeria, with 17 percent. Just 40 percent of South African respondents used alcohol.