Carl Hart, Associate professor of Psychology, Columbia University, talks about how alcohol is the most prevalent drug in America followed by tobacco and marijuana.
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What are the most popular drugs in the United States? Carl Hart: The most popular drug in the US of course is alcohol. Largest number of users is alcohol users. I think there are about 125 million folks who use alcohol in the past month. Then you have drug like marijuana and tobacco. Marijuana I think is about 15 million current users that are in the last month. Tobacco, maybe about 30 million to 40 million current users, those are the big ones and now you think about other drugs that are used in the U.S., psycho active drugs. When you talk about cocaine, cocaine is next and I suspect it’s about 2 million I think. Amphetamines, less than a million, heroin less than a million regular users but the prescription of opium drugs, I believe there are about 4 million of those folks who are taking the drugs without a prescription. You can see that alcohol overwhelms those statistics and that’s by far the most popular in part because it’s legal whereas these other drugs are less available.

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