Performance Improvement 2008. How Prevalent Was Substance Abuse and Mental Illness During 2006?


The civilian, non-institutionalized population in the United States, aged 12 and older was surveyed. This National Survey on Drug Use and Health is conducted annually. In 2006, approximately 67,500 individuals responded to the survey. This initial study on the 2006 data provided national estimates of rates of use, numbers of users, persons meeting criteria for substance use disorders, and other measures related to illicit drugs, alcohol, and tobacco products. Researchers also developed measures of mental health problems, including major depressive episode and serious psychological distress, as well as data on the co-occurrence of substance use disorders and mental health problems.

The level of current marijuana use among youths aged 12 to 17 decreased from 8.2 percent in 2002 to 6.7 percent in 2006; the decline was particularly notable among male youths. The level of underage drinking (i.e., among those aged 12 to 20), was at 28.3 percent in 2006, unchanged from 2002, and past month cigarette smoking declined from 2002 to 2006 among young adults aged 18 to 25. The percentage of 12-to-17-year-olds who experienced a major depressive episode in the past year decreased from 8.8 percent in 2005 to 7.9 percent in 2006.

Report Title: Results from the 2006 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH): National Findings,
Agency Sponsor:
SAMHSA, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
Federal Contact: James Colliver, 240-276-1252
Performer: RTI International

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