First-time Illicit Drug Users Over The Age of 12*
There are 8,100 average new users per day in 2010 in the U.S. That is roughly equal to 3 million per year.
* Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Results from the 2010 National Survey on Drug Use and Health: Summary of National Findings Findings, NSDUH Series H-41, HHS Publication No. (SMA) 11-4658. Rockville, MD: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, 2011, p 48.