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Substance Abuse

Substance abuse, including illicit and nonmedical prescription drug use, and alcohol, affects individuals, families, and communities. Stopping substance abuse before it begins can increase a person’s chances of living a longer, healthier, and more productive life.

Adolescent Alcohol or Illicit Drug Use in Past 30 Days by Age, 2012

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 more than 6 times the rate for adolescents aged 12-13 years.

Source: National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), SAMHSA.

12-13 years: 5.1%
14-15 years: 15.2%
16-17 years: 31.3%

Healthy People 2020 Targets

Alcohol and Illicit Drug Use

17.4% of adolescents aged 12-17 years reported use of alcohol or any illicit drugs during the past 30 days in 2012.

Most Recent: 17.4%
HP 2020 Target: 16.6%
4.6% decrease needed to meet the target.

Data source: National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), SAMHSA.

Binge Drinking in Adults

21.1% of adults aged 18 years and older reported that they engaged in binge drinking during the past 30 days in 2012.

Most Recent: 27.1%
HP 2020 Target: 24.4%
10.0% decreased needed to meet the target.

Data source: National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), SAMHSA.