SAMHSA 2022 Survey Data

SAMHSA - NSDUH 2022 annual report

In 2021, the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) provided a comprehensive look at the state of substance use and mental health in the United States. This report focuses exclusively on the Substance Use Disorder (SUD) data, drawing attention to the pressing challenges surrounding addiction and the vital need for action.

  • Substance Use Disorder (SUD) refers to the recurrent use of alcohol and/or drugs causing significant clinical and functional impairment.
  • NSDUH is a pivotal survey commissioned annually to determine the prevalence, patterns, and consequences of drug use and mental health in the U.S.

Key Data Points

Prevalence of SUD

  • An estimated 48.7 million individuals aged 12 or older in the U.S. had an SUD in the previous year. This represents 17.3% of the total population within this age group.

Alcohol Use Disorder

  • About 29.5 million individuals (10.6% age 12 or older) had an Alcohol Use Disorder.

Illicit Drug Use Disorder

  • Approximately 27.2 million people, or 9.7% of those aged 12 or older, had a Drug Use Disorder.
  • 19 million (6.7%) had a marijuana use disorder.
  • 6.1 million (2.2%) had an opioid use disorder.

Co-occurring Disorders

  • Nearly 21.5 million adults had both a mental health disorder and an SUD, emphasizing the intertwined nature of these conditions.

The 2020 NSDUH data underscores the vast scope of Substance Use Disorder in the U.S. With millions struggling and a significant treatment gap, the need for comprehensive, accessible, and effective treatment options has never been clearer. As we move forward, it’s imperative to focus on bridging the gap, amplifying awareness, and ensuring that those battling SUD have the resources and support they need.

This data is only a snapshot of the comprehensive findings of the NSDUH 2020 report. For a more exhaustive review, it’s recommended to refer to the complete study.

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