National Survey on Drug Use and Health

The National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) released their latest report in September.  Some of the findings include:

  • In 2013, nearly 1 in 5 adults aged 18 or older (18.5 percent) had a mental illness (i.e., “any mental illness,” or AMI) in the past year; 4.2 percent had a serious mental illness (SMI); and 3.9 percent had serious thoughts of suicide in the past year.
  • In 2013, 1.4 percent of adolescents had co-occurring MDE and substance use disorder (SUD); 3.2 percent of adults had co-occurring AMI and SUD; and 1.0 percent of adults had cooccurring SMI and SUD.
  • An estimated 24.6 million individuals aged 12 or older were current illicit drug users in 2013, including 2.2 million adolescents aged 12 to 17.  In 2013, 60.1 million individuals aged 12 or older were past month binge drinkers, including 1.6 million adolescents.
  • Of the estimated 22.7 million individuals aged 12 or older in 2013 who needed treatment for an illicit drug or alcohol use problem, 2.5 million received treatment at a specialty facility.
  • In 2013, about 1 in 10 adolescents (10.7 percent) had a major depressive episode (MDE) in the past year.  Among adolescents with MDE, 38.1 percent received treatment or counseling for depression in the past year.

Below is the full report, also in Library > Sentencing Argument Resources > Drug Use and Health

Drug Use and Health

Author: COFPD

Federal Public Defender's Office for the Districts of Colorado and Wyoming