Victims of rape are 13 times more likely to develop two or more alcohol-related problems and 26 times more likely to have two or more serious drug abuse-related problems than non-crime victims.
About one in five victims of violence who perceived the offender to have been using alcohol at the time of the offense (approximately 400,000 victims per year) suffered a financial loss attributable to medical expenses, broken or stolen property or lost wages – totaling an annual loss of $400 million.
In 2006, 8% of eighth graders, 17% of 10th graders, and 22% of 12th graders reported illicit drug use in the past 30 days.
According to the results of a 2005 national survey of students in grades 9 through 12, 8% of students had used a form of cocaine one or more times during their lifetime and 3% of students had used a form of cocaine one or more times in the 30 days preceding the survey.
The same study found that 2% of students had used heroin, 6 percent had used methamphetamines and 6 percent had used ecstasy one or more times in their lifetime.
Nationwide, 12% of students had sniffed glue, breathed the contents of aerosol spray cans or inhaled paints or sprays to get high one or more times during their lifetime.
A recent study found that girls who have been sexually or physically abused are twice as likely to use drugs (30% versus 13%), smoke (26% versus 10%) or drink (22% versus 12%) than girls who have not been abused.
Nearly half (47%) of all jail inmates convicted of violent offenses were under the influence of alcohol or other drugs at the time of the offense.
In 2002, 42% of homicide offenders, 40% of assault offenders, 38% of robbery offenders and 37% of sexual assault offenders were under the influence of alcohol at the time of the offense.
In 2002, 22% of inmates convicted of violent offenses were under the influence of drugs at the time of the offense – 40% of robbery offenders, 20% of homicide offenders, 18% of assault offenders and 14% of sexual assault offenders.
Between 1992 and 2001, 62% of American Indian victims of non-domestic violent crimes reported the offender was under the influence of alcohol. Among victims of domestic violence, about 60% also reported that the perpetrator was drinking at the time of the incident.
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