Colorado’s Drug Use is Higher Than Average

DENVER (AP) – A federal survey says Colorado is among the highest in the nation for use of marijuana, cocaine and alcohol.

According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, the number of young adults in Colorado who said they had used marijuana in the past year was 38 percent, compared with a national average of 29 percent. The study says illicit drug use was 3 percent higher than the national average of 8 percent.

The state also had higher-than-average rates of people with major depression and serious thoughts of suicide, according to the Denver Post.

A four-year grant has helped the state screen 100,000 patients through federal health clinics and primary doctors.