Abnormal Psychology: Mental Health and Mental Illness

What Do Recent Statistics Say About Drug Use in the United States?

What are some recent statistics on the percentage of the U.S. population that abuses or is dependant on drugs?

The table below shows the percentages of the U.S. population that met criteria for substance abuse or dependence for each of the drugs listed during 2007. Consider that each percent of the population (ages 12 and up) is equal to almost 2.5 million people. In other words, in 2007 more than 22 million people had some kind of substance abuse or dependence. These data come from the 2007 National Survey on Drug Use and Health for subjects aged 12 or older conducted by SAMHSA, of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Substance abuse and dependence are based on DSM-IV criteria.

Drug Abuse or Dependence Dependence
Any Type 9.0 4.7
Alcohol 7.5 3.4
Marijuana/Hashish 1.6 1.0
Cocaine 0.6 0.5
Heroine 0.1 0.1
Hallucinogens 0.1 0.0*
(e.g., LSD, PCP, Ecstasy)    
Inhalants 0.1 0.0*
Non-Medical use 0.9 0.6
of Therapeutics    
Pain Relievers 0.7 0.5
Tranquilizers 0.2 0.1
Sedatives 0.1 0.0*
Stimulants 0.2 0.1

2007 Statistics on U.S. Drug Abuse or Dependence

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