MDMA stimulates the release of the neurotransmitter serotonin from brain neurons, producing a high that lasts from several minutes to an hour. The drug's rewarding effects vary with the individual taking it, the dose and purity, and the environment in which it is taken.
In 2009, the number of new nonmedical users of OxyContin® aged 12 or older was 584,000, with an average age at first use of 22.3 years among those aged 12 to 49. These estimates are similar to those for 2008 (478,000 and 21.8 years, respectively).
In 2008, the prevalence of current use of a tobacco product among persons aged 12 or older was 13.9 percent for Asians, 21.3 percent for Hispanics, 28.6 percent for blacks, 30.4 percent for whites, 37.3 percent for persons who reported two or more races, and 48.7 percent for American Indians or Alaska Natives. There were no statistically significant changes in past month use of a tobacco product between 2007 and 2008 for any of these racial/ethnic groups. Among the specific tobacco products, smokeless tobacco use in the past month among blacks increased from 0.7 percent in 2007 to 1.4 percent in 2008.
The percentages of youths reporting binge alcohol use and use of cigarettes and marijuana in the past month were lower among those who perceived great risk in using these substances than among those who did not perceive great risk. For example, in 2009, 5.1 percent of youths aged 12 to 17 who perceived great risk from "having five or more drinks of an alcoholic beverage once or twice a week" reported binge drinking in the past month (consumption of five or more drinks of an alcoholic beverage on a single occasion on at least 1 day in the past 30 days); by contrast, past month binge drinking was reported by 11.4 percent of youths who saw moderate, slight, or no risk from having five or more drinks of an alcoholic beverage once or twice a week. Past month marijuana use was reported by 1.3 percent of youths who saw great risk in smoking marijuana once a month compared with 10.1 percent of youths who saw moderate, slight, or no risk.
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Drug Rehabs that offer Sliding scale fees are variable costs for treatment services, or taxes based on one's ability to pay for addiction treatment. Such fees are thereby reduced for those who have lower incomes or less money to spare after their personal expenses and regardless of income a person can obtain treatment.
A drug treatment organization may have various motivations for offering a product at a sliding scale. These may include the desire to be charitable to those less able to afford addiction treatment, their ability to get a tax deduction for offering their services as charity, or their ability to benefit from the revenue even from a partial payment
Some drug rehabilitation organizations may have their profits that would have been obtained from a full-price sale subsidized by some other means. These may include charging a higher cost to a wealthier client, obtaining grants from government agencies or non-profit organizations, or obtaining a tax deduction.
Whatever the motivation the sliding scale payment method makes addiction treatment available to almost anyone.