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The Drug Index


Percent of newly reported AIDS cases that were drug-related in 1990: 36 Percent of newly reported AIDS cases that were drug-related in 1994: 44 Estimated dollar amount Americans spent on illegal drugs in 1988, in billions: 64.4 Estimated dollar amount Americans spent on illegal drugs in 1993, in billions: 48.7 Estimated dollar amount Americans spent on tobacco products in 1993, in billions: 50 Percent of adults who believe that there will be a cure for AIDS by the year 2000: 37 Percent of adults who believe that illegal drug use will be ended by the year 2000: 8 Percent of adults who believe that smokers are responsible for their illnesses: 77 Percent of adults who believe that cigarette makers are responsible for smokers' illnesses: 12 Percent (and number) of British population using any illegal drugs in 1993: 6 (3 million) Percent (and number) of U.S. population reporting any illegal drug use in 1993: 12 (15.5 million) Percent (and number) of U.S. population under some form of correctional supervision in 1994: 2.7 (5.1 million)

Average federal prison sentence for all drug offenses in 1986, in months: 62 Average federal prison sentence for all drug offenses in 1991, in months: 86 Average federal prison sentence for all violent offenses in 1991, in months: 91 Percent of violent criminals perceived by their victims to be on illegal drugs only: 4.3 Percent of violent criminals perceived by their victims to be on alcohol only: 18

Number of drug arrests in 1993 by state and local police, in millions: 1.1 Percent of state and local drug arrests in 1993 that were for sale/manufacture: 29.6 Percent of state and local drug arrests in 1993 that were for possession: 70.3

 


(Reprint, The Drug Policy Letter, Summer, 1995 Edition)

 

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