2016 National Survey on Drug Use & Health

  • Approximately 20.1 million people aged 12 or older had a substance use disorder (SUD).
    • 15.1million people who had an alcohol use disorder.
    • 7.4million people who had an illicit drug use disorder.
  • The most common disorder was for marijuana (4.0 million people).
  • An estimated 2.1 million people had an opioid use disorder, this includes 1.8 million people with a prescription pain reliever use disorder
  • 0.6million people with a heroin use disorder.
  • 28.6million people aged 12 or older used an illicit drug in the past 30 days
    • which corresponds to about 1 in 10 Americans overall (10.6%)
    • ranges as high as 1 in 4 for young adults aged 18 to 25.
  • Among people aged 12 or older:
    • 24.0million were current marijuana users
    • 3.3million were current misusers of prescription pain relievers.
    • Smaller numbers of people were current users of cocaine, hallucinogens, methamphetamine, inhalants, or heroin or were current misusers of prescription tranquilizers, stimulants, or sedatives.

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