Looking at How Many People Use Drugs in the U.S.

By creating an interactive chart that allows users to take a real time look at both legal and illegal drug use, Substance.com uses federal data averages to determine how many people are currently using in the United States, today. On the chart, those who visit open to a page that has categories of drugs and continuously increasing numbers of users of different drugs.

Some of the categories include:

  • Tobacco Use (pipes, cigarettes, and chewing tobacco).
  • Alcohol
  • Binge Drinking
  • Marijuana
  • Inhalants
  • Cocaine
  • Crack Cocaine
  • Ecstasy
  • LSD
  • Non-Medical Pain Killer Use

According to a representative for Substance.com, it’s hard to not acknowledge how quickly the numbers rise, especially for alcohol and tobacco. He also added that someone begins their battle with drug dependency every 3.25 seconds. However, these charts are not just for show, but rather to highlight the ongoing issue of drug dependency in the United States. The data that the interactive chart collected was given to the FBI, CDC, and Department of Justice.

In order to highlight specific drug use, from over doses to arrest, and legal and non legal use, they had to add the categories of prescription drugs, and the harder street drugs to give everyone the real perspective.