Estimated Prevalence of Current Nonmedical Use of Psychotherapeutics in the US, 2014

Nonmedical Use of Prescription Drugs

"In 2014, the estimate of 6.5 million Americans aged 12 or older who were current nonmedical users of psychotherapeutic drugs represents 2.5 percent of the population aged 12 or older (Figures 1 and 4). The 2014 estimate for current nonmedical use of psychotherapeutic drugs among people aged 12 or older was slightly lower than the estimates in 2006, 2007, 2009, and 2010 (ranging from 2.7 to 2.9 percent), and it was similar to the estimates in the other years between 2002 and 2013.19"


Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality. (2015). Behavioral health trends in the United States: Results from the 2014 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (HHS Publication No. SMA 15-4927, NSDUH Series H-50), p. 6.