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Substance Abuse

Substance abuse—including drugs, alcohol, or both—adversely impacts individuals, families, and communities. Preventing and treating substance use disorders and related problems in children, adolescents, and young adults are critical to Americans' behavioral and physical health.

Adolescent Alcohol or Illicit Drug Use in Past 30 Days by Age, 2015

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 7.5 times the rate for adolescents aged 12–13 years.

12–13 years: 3.4%

14–15 years: 11.8%

16–17 years: 26.8%

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

Alcohol and Illicit Drug Use

14.2% of adolescents aged 12–17 years reported use of alcohol or any illicit drugs in the past 30 days in 2015.

Healthy People 2020 Target: 12.8%

Most Recent (2015): 14.2%

10% decrease needed.

The baseline and target have recently been revised.

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 in the past 30 days in 2015.

Healthy People 2020 Target: 24.2%

Most Recent (2015): 26.9%

10% decrease needed.

The baseline and target have recently been revised.

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