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Substance Use and SUDs by Race and Ethnicity

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Mir M. Ali, Timothy Creedon, Erin Bagalman, Juliet Bui, Lisa Clemans-Cope, Emma Winiski, Christal Ramos, Kimá Joy Taylor, Eva H. Allen

This brief assesses whether and how rates of substance use and substance use disorder (SUD) among adults (ages 18 and older) differ by race and ethnicity. The authors combine five years of data, 2015-2019, from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) to create sample sizes large enough to examine specific racial and ethnic groups for specific categories of drug use. Understanding substance use and SUD by race and ethnicity is critical to informing equitable policy and culturally effective prevention, treatment, and recovery efforts that can help address disparities in health and well-being.

This research was funded by the HHS Office of Minority Health and HHS/ASPE Office of Behavioral Health, Disability, and Aging Policy (BHDAP), through contract to Urban Institute.  Additional research in this area is available at the ASPE Behavioral Health page

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ASPE Issue Brief
Racial & Ethnic Groups
Location- & Geography-Based Data
National Data