May 14th, 2009
06:19 PM ET

Marijuana Fast Facts

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Office of National Drug Control Policy

How long can a drug be detected in one's system?
You can view information about drug detection times in the "Pros and Cons of the Various Drug Testing Methods" table found in the ONDCP resource, What You Need to Know about Drug Testing in Schools. We also suggest you contact a drug testing facility directly for information and assistance.

Where can I find data on drug-related deaths?
Statistics on drug related deaths are available from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's annual mortality report. Additionally, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's (SAMHSA) annual medical examiner report features drug-related fatalities from selected areas across the United States. In addition to providing the total number of drug-related deaths in each area, the report provides the number of instances individual drugs are involved in drug deaths.

Where can I learn more about the availability of illegal drugs in the United States?
Information on the availability of illegal drugs in the United States can be found in the National Drug Intelligence Center (NDIC) annual report, National Drug Threat Assessment and the Drug Enforcement Administration's (DEA) State Fact Sheets.

Where can I locate information on the price and purity of illegal drugs?
Information on the price and purity of illicit drugs can be found in ONDCP's Price and Purity of Illicit Drugs: 1981-2007 and it's Technical Report. Also see the National Drug Intelligence Center's annual National Drug Threat Assessment reports for additional price and purity data.


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