Performance Improvement 2007. What Was the Prevalence of Substance Abuse and Mental Health Problems in the United States During 2005?

01/01/2007

Summary:

This survey sought information on: use of illicit drugs; use of alcohol; use of tobacco products; initiation of substance use; prevention-related issues; and substance dependence, abuse, and treatment. Measures related to mental health problems also included data on: depression, severe psychological distress, and the co-occurrence of substance use and mental health problems. This is an annual survey of the civilian, non-institutionalized population of the United States aged 12 years old or older. In 2005, approximately 67,500 individuals responded to the survey. The survey collects data in order to produce national prevalence and incidence estimates.

Analysis of 2005 data found that illicit drug use in the past month among youth ages 12-17 continued to decline when compared to survey results from previous years. The rate has declined from 11.6 percent using drugs in the past month in 2002 to 9.9 percent in 2005. Similarly, the rate of past month marijuana use among youth ages 12 to 17 declined from 8.2 percent in 2002 to 6.8 percent in 2005. Drinking among teens also declined, with 16.5 percent of youth ages 12-17 reporting past month alcohol use in 2005, down from 17.6 percent of this age group reporting drinking in 2004. In 2005, 9.9 percent of youth reported past month binge drinking (5 or more drinks at one sitting). This was a decrease from 2004 when 11.1 percent of youth reported this behavior. In 2005 an estimated 24.6 million adults aged 18 or older (11.3 percent of all adults in the nation), met criteria for severe psychological distress in the past year.

Report Title: Results from the 2005 National Survey on Drug Use and Health: National Findings http://oas.samhsa.gov/NSDUH/2k5NSDUH/2k5results.htm
Agency Sponsor: SAMHSA, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
Federal Contact: Hughes, Art, 240-276-1261
Performer: RTI International; Research Triangle Park, NC
PIC ID: 8305

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