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Substance Abuse
 
Substance abuse—including drugs, alcohol, or both—adversely impacts 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, 2014
 
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 6 times the rate for adolescents aged 12–13 years.
 
12–13 years: 4.9%
14–15 years: 12.9%
16–17 years: 29.3%
 
Data source: National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), SAMHSA.
 
HEALTHY PEOPLE 2020 TARGETS
 
Alcohol and Illicit Drug Use
16.0% of adolescents aged 12–17 years reported use of alcohol or any illicit drugs in the past 30 days in 2014.
 
Healthy People 2020 Target: 16.6%
Target has been met.
Data source: National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), SAMHSA.
 
Binge Drinking in Adults  
27.0% of adults aged 18 years and over reported that they engaged in binge drinking in the past 30 days in 2014.
 
Healthy People 2020 Target: 24.4%
9.6% decrease needed.
Data source: National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), SAMHSA.