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According to a survey conducted by Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration in 2006, substance abuse in California starts between the age of 12 and 17 years. This age group comprises 9% of the total population in California using illicit substances. Out of this, 6.8% consumes alcohol, 9.5% consumes alcohol along with a secondary drug, and 43.7% smokes marijuana while a smaller section of the youth consumes cocaine, heroin and meth. It was also found that those in the age group of 18-20 years were less likely to consume alcohol, marijuana than those aged between 12-17 years of age but they are more likely to consume meth. California's data on drug abuse shows that the situation is worse in the state than in the rest of the country. From the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 2007, it was found that 3.94% residents in California used illicit drugs while the national percentage is 9.58.

As the youth in California live in an environment where substance abuse is rampant, they are more likely to become victims of substance abuse themselves. To combat that problem, there are many treatment facilities in the state and many programs sponsored by the state. On our website's directory, you will be able locate the centres and the information on treatment facilities in California easily. Make sure you help your loved one with the required information.
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