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Sen. Grassley responds to drug use survey

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Sen. Chuck Grassley made a statement following the results of the 2014 National Survey on Drug Use and Health from the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).  The survey shows illicit drug use is at a 13-year high, and overall drug use rose from last year, including an increase in marijuana use.

“It’s disturbing to see yet more increases in illegal drug use," said Grassley.  "Unfortunately, it’s not at all surprising that the recreational use of marijuana use is on the rise under an Administration that refuses to enforce federal law in this area and downplays the risks associated with using marijuana.  Additionally, the nonmedical use of prescription pain relievers is also driving this increase.  We need to continue to look at ways to fight pain reliever over-prescription and abuse.  The reinstatement of the federal drug take-back program, which I advocated, will help prevent the diversion of these drugs by teen-agers and others.  Finally, methamphetamine use has remained steady throughout the nation, and the drug continues to be a problem in Iowa.  Latest data indicate that meth labs are at an all-time low in Iowa, but treatment admissions are at an all-time high. This indicates that more meth is being trafficked into Iowa from other places, especially through the Southwest border.  I’ll continue to look at ways to prevent meth trafficking.”

The full results can be seen here:

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