Generally, traces (metabolites) of THC can be detected by standard urine testing methods several days after a smoking session. However, in heavy chronic users, traces can sometimes be detected for weeks after they have stopped using marijuana.
In 2009, probation status was associated with substance dependence or abuse. The rate of substance dependence or abuse was 36.2 percent among adults who were on probation during the past year, which was significantly higher than the rate among adults who were not on probation during the past year (8.5 percent).
As a percentage of those aged 12 to 17 who had not used marijuana prior to the past year, the youth marijuana initiation rate in 2008 (5.6 percent) was similar to the rate in 2007 (5.2 percent).
Rates of current use of illicit drugs in 2008 were higher among young adults aged 18 to 25 (19.6 percent) than for youths aged 12 to 17 (9.3 percent) and adults aged 26 or older (5.9 percent). Among young adults, there were no changes from 2007 to 2008 in the rate of current use of marijuana (16.5 percent in 2008), psychotherapeutics (5.9 percent), and hallucinogens (1.7 percent). The rate of cocaine use in this age group declined from 2.6 percent in 2005 to 1.5 percent in 2008.
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There is an advantage to inpatient hospital medical care particularly for the treatment of drug or alcohol withdrawal symptoms. Physicians and nurses provide 24-hour hospital services to monitor and ensure a safe withdrawal from alcohol and other drugs. In addition, a staff specializing in medical detoxification can oversee the progress of each individual and make necessary adjustments to the addiction treatment plan.