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SAMHSA Advisory

Date: 8/30/2013 9:00 PM
Media Contact: SAMHSA Press Office
Telephone: 240-276-2130

National Survey on Drug Use and Health to be unveiled in conjunction with 24th annual National Recovery Month observance

Results of the latest (2012) National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) will be released at a press conference on Wednesday, September 4, 2012 held by the Substance Abuse and Services Administration (SAMHSA) The annual survey is the largest of its kind and is the government’s primary vehicle for determining how many persons are using illegal drugs, alcohol, and tobacco, as well as how many are misusing pharmaceuticals.

The release of SAMHSA’s 2012 NSDUH survey findings kicks off the 24th annual National Recovery Month observance, celebrating individuals throughout the country who have achieved long-term recovery from mental and substance use disorders and recognizing the contributions of the dedicated men and women providing treatment and recovery services. Recovery Month aims to educate the public that behavioral health is essential to overall health, that prevention works, that treatment for substance use and mental health disorders is effective, and that people can and do recover.


  • Pamela S. Hyde, Administrator, SAMHSA, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)
  • Gil Kerlikowske, Director, White House Office of National Drug Control Policy
  • Dr. H. Westley Clark, Director, Center for Substance Abuse Treatment, SAMHSA, HHS
  • Daniel LaPointe, Young Person in Recovery
  • Jenna Bertino, Young Person in Recovery
  • Nora Candy, National Wellness Week Representative and Person in Recovery

Wednesday, September 4, 2012 - 9:30 a.m.

National Press Club –Murrow, White, & Lisagor Rooms, 14th & F streets N.W., Washington, D.C.

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is the agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that leads public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation. SAMHSA's mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America's communities.

Last updated: 8/30/2013 9:12 PM

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