Estimated Number of Persons in the US Classified with Substance Dependence or Abuse

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"NSDUH’s overall estimates of SUD include people who met the DSM-IV criteria for either dependence or abuse for alcohol or illicit drugs. In 2017, approximately 19.7 million people aged 12 or older had an SUD in the past year, including 14.5 million people who had an alcohol use disorder and 7.5 million people who had an illicit drug use disorder (Figure 39). Among the 7.5 million people aged 12 or older who had an illicit drug use disorder, the most common disorders were for marijuana (4." data-share-imageurl="">

"NSDUH’s overall estimates of SUD include people who met the DSM-IV criteria for either dependence or abuse for alcohol or illicit drugs. In 2017, approximately 19.7 million people aged 12 or older had an SUD in the past year, including 14.5 million people who had an alcohol use disorder and 7.5 million people who had an illicit drug use disorder (Figure 39). Among the 7.5 million people aged 12 or older who had an illicit drug use disorder, the most common disorders were for marijuana (4.1 million people) and misuse of prescription pain relievers (1.7 million people).

"The estimated 14.5 million people aged 12 or older in 2017 who had an alcohol use disorder in the past year represent nearly 3 out of 4 people who had an SUD (73.6 percent) (Figure 40).24 The 7.5 million people who had an illicit drug use disorder represent about 2 out of 5 people who had an SUD (38.3 percent). An estimated 2.3 million people had both an alcohol use disorder and an illicit drug use disorder in the past year, or about 1 in 8 people who had a past year SUD (11.9 percent).

"In 2017, the 19.7 million people with a past year SUD represented 7.2 percent of people aged 12 or older (Figure 41). This percentage of people who had an SUD corresponds to about 1 in 14 people aged 12 or older. An estimated 992,000 adolescents aged 12 to 17 had an SUD, which represents 4.0 percent of adolescents. An estimated 5.1 million young adults aged 18 to 25 had an SUD.

"This number represents 14.8 percent of young adults. An estimated 13.6 million adults aged 26 or older had an SUD, which represents 6.4 percent of adults in this age group. Stated another way, about 1 in 25 adolescents, 1 in 7 young adults, and 1 in 16 adults aged 26 or older had an SUD in the past year."

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Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. (2018). Key substance use and mental health indicators in the United States: Results from the 2017 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (HHS Publication No. SMA 18-5068, NSDUH Series H-53). Rockville, MD: Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Retrieved from https://www.samhsa.gov/data/
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"NSDUH’s overall estimates of SUD include people who met the DSM-IV criteria for either dependence or abuse for alcohol or illicit drugs. In 2017, approximately 19.7 million people aged 12 or older had an SUD in the past year, including 14.5 million people who had an alcohol use disorder and 7.5 million people who had an illicit drug use disorder (Figure 39). Among the 7.5 million people aged 12 or older who had an illicit drug use disorder, the most common disorders were for marijuana (4." data-share-imageurl="">