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.
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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