On September 10, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) released the latest National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) report which shows progress in reducing some forms of substance use – especially among adolescents. Substance use levels in many areas, however have remained relatively constant.
With regard to substance use, the report found some areas of progress, particularly among adolescents. Key findings include:
- Marijuana continues to be the most commonly used illicit drug.
- Nonmedical pain reliever use continues to be the second most common type of illicit drug use, the percentage of people aged 12 or older in 2014 who were current nonmedical users of pain relievers (1.6 percent) was lower than in most years since 2002, and about the same as in 2013.
- Current heroin use increased from 0.1 percent of the population age 12 and older in 2013 to 0.2 in 2014.
- Overall, the use of illicit drugs – including marijuana – among Americans aged 12 and older increased from 9.4 percent in 2013 to 10.2 percent in 2014. This was driven particularly by the increase in adult marijuana use.
The report is available at: http://www.samhsa.gov/data/sites/default/files/NSDUH-FRR1-2014/NSDUH-FRR1-2014.pdf
Source: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration – September 10, 2015