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In 2008, there were 729,000 persons aged 12 or older who had used inhalants for the first time within the past 12 months; 70.4 percent were under age 18 when they first used. There was no significant change in the number of inhalant initiates from 2007 to 2008, but the number in 2008 was significantly lower than the estimate in 2005 (877,000).
The rate of alcohol dependence or abuse among youths aged 12 to 17 was 4.9 percent in 2008, which was down from 5.4 percent in 2007 and from 5.9 percent in 2002. Among adults aged 26 or older, the rate remained stable between 2007 (6.2 percent) and 2008 (6.0 percent) and between 2002 (6.2 percent) and 2008. Among young adults aged 18 to 25, the rate of alcohol dependence or abuse remained similar between 2007 (16.8 percent) and 2008 (17.2 percent) and between 2002 (17.7 percent) and 2008.
Between 2008 and 2009, the rate of current use of illicit drugs among young adults aged 18 to 25 increased from 19.6 to 21.2 percent, driven largely by an increase in marijuana use (from 16.5 to 18.1 percent).
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