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Fall 2013, Volume 21, Number 4

Substance Use Trends in 2012

  • 23.1 million Americans aged 12 or older needed treatment for an illicit drug or alcohol use problem.
    • 2.5 million (only 10.8%) received treatment in a specialized treatment center.
  • 5.3% of young adults aged 18 to 25 used prescription drugs for nonmedical reasons in the past month.
    • Rate is similar to 2010 and 2011 but significantly lower than 2009 (6.4%).
    • 301,000 fewer users, a 14% decline compared to 2009.
  • 31% fewer youths aged 12 to 17 with substance dependence or abuse between 2002 and 2012.
    • Decrease of 691,000.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. (2013). Results from the 2012 National Survey on Drug Use and Health: Summary of National Findings (HHS Publication No. (SMA) 13-4795). Rockville, MD. Retrieved from http://store.samhsa.gov/product/SMA-12-4795

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