You are here

Substance Abuse
Substance abuse, including illicit and nonmedical prescription drug use, and alcohol, adversely impacts individuals, families, and communities. Stopping substance abuse before it begins can increase a person’s changes of living a longer, healthier, and more productive life. 
 
Adolescent Alcohol or Illicit Drug Use in Past 30 Days by Age, 2013
Rates of alcohol or illicit drug use among adolescents aged 12-17 years increase with age. The rate for adolescents aged 16-17 years was about 7 times the rate for adolescents aged 12-13 years.
 
Aged 12-13 years: 4.2%
Aged 14-15 years: 13.9%
Aged 16-17 years: 29.1%
 
Data source: National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), SAMHSA. 
 
Healthy People 2020 Targets
 
Alcohol and Illicit Drug Use
15.9% of adolescents aged 12-17 years reported use of alcohol or any illicit drugs during the past 30 days in 2013.
 
Most recent: 15.9%
HP2020 Target: 16.6%
Target has been met.
 
Data source: National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), SAMHSA. 
 
Binge Drinking in Adults
26.9% of adults aged 18 years and over reported that they engaged in binge drinking during the past 30 days in 2013. 
 
Most recent: 26.9%
HP2020 Target: 24.4%
9.3% decrease needed.
 
Data source: National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), SAMHSA.