America is doped up — and drunk.
According to a shocking new report from the Health and Human Services Department, there were 24.6 million people aged 12 or older who used illicit drugs during just one month last year.
“That's enough people to fill every major league baseball stadium in the U.S. 19 times,” said the report. There are 30 MLB stadiums.
Even worse: Of the 24.6 million dopers, 2.2 million were adolescents aged 12 to 17.
And it doesn’t end there. The report added that in 2013, 60.1 million individuals aged 12 or older had a binge drinking episode, including 1.6 million adolescents.
The details are from the latest National Survey on Drug Use and Health. They quizzed people 12 and older last year, asking what they used or took “in the past month."
The bottom line:
In 2013, an estimated 24.6 million Americans aged 12 or older were current (past month) illicit drug users. This represents 9.4 percent of the population aged 12 or older.
Marijuana was the most commonly used illicit drug, with 19.8 million current users aged 12 or older (7.5 percent).
There were 6.5 million nonmedical users of prescription-type drugs (2.5 percent), including 4.5 million nonmedical users of prescription pain relievers (1.7 percent).
There were 1.5 million current cocaine users aged 12 or older, or 0.6 percent of the population.
An estimated 1.3 million individuals aged 12 or older in 2013 (0.5 percent) used hallucinogens in the past month.
An estimated 496,000 individuals aged 12 or older were current inhalant users, which represents 0.2 percent of the population.
There were about 289,000 current heroin users aged 12 or older, or 0.1 percent of the population.Paul Bedard, the Washington Examiner's "Washington Secrets" columnist, can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.