An autopsy report released last week showed that singer Whitney Houston died of a combination of heart trouble and

cocaine ingestion.

Deadly choices
Drugs used in the past year
% of Canadians CANNABIS COCAINE/CRACK SPEED HALLUCINOGENS ECSTASY SALVIA MALES 14.6% 1.0 0.5 1.3 0.9 0.5 FEMALES 7.1% 0.4 0.4 0.5 0.6 — 15-24yrs 25.1% 2.7 1.9 3.4 3.8 1.7 25+yrs 7.9% 0.3 — 0.4 — —

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Even though we often read in the news of stars going downhill from drug and alcohol use, and the detrimental e ects it has on their lives and for those around them, it still does not deter many from using drugs.
Past-year cannabis use decreased from 14.1% in 2004 to 10.7% in 2010, among Canadians 15 years and older Past-year cocaine or crack use decreased from 1.9% in 2004 to 1.2% in 2010, among Canadians 15 years and older

3X 9X 1.6%

The rate of drug use by youth 15-24 years of age remains much higher than that by adults 25 years and older: 3X higher for cannabis use , and almost 9X higher for other illicit drugs using Salvia in their lifetime. 0.3% reported use in the past year. The prevalence of heavy frequent drinking among youth 15 to 24 years of age was approximately 3X higher than the rate for adults 25 years and older.

Alcohol use
% of Canadians LIFETIME USE PAST 12 MONTHS PAST 30 DAYS AGE OF INTIATION MALES 91.3% 80.2% 68.4% 17.5yrs FEMALES 86.7% 73.9% 57.6% 18.8yrs 15-24yrs 79.0% 71.5% 52.3% 15.9yrs 25+yrs 90.9% 78.0% 64.8% 18.6yrs

1.6% of Canadians reported

3X

Sources: Health Canada, 2010 survey results

Half a million There are about there are people use 2x as many male 20 million cocaine cocaine users cocaine users every week worldwide than women

SUSAN BATSFORD, GRAPHICS EDITOR, TWITTER @SBATS1; INFOGRAPHIC BY LINDSAY OUELLETTE/QMI AGENCY

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