Although substance abuse is a global problem, it presents a particular challenge for the United States. With no more than 5 percent of the world’s population, the nation consumes a stunning 75 percent of the world’s pharmaceutical drugs, many of which are taken illicitly by people with no medical prescription.
Access to and use of legal and illegal drugs in the US depend upon a variety of factors. For example, alcohol is readily and easily accessible in all fifty states, so long as the person is of legal age to purchase it. As a result, it is one of the more commonly used drugs in the country. Another drug which was once considered illegal in all fifty states, but now has been legalized in many states and continues to increase in popularity, is marijuana.
The following infographic provides more information on the widely used drugs in the US.