German Lopez illustrates the racial breakdown for recreational drugs – always a helpful reminder:
White and black people report using drugs at similar rates, according to the latest data from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. There’s some variance from drug to drug: White people report more often using cocaine, heroin, and hallucinogens, while black people report more marijuana and crack cocaine use. These statistics underline why critics decry the war on drugs as racist. Although black people are much more likely to be sent to jail for drug possession, they’re not more likely to use drugs.