Estimated Number of Persons in the US Classified with Substance Dependence or Abuse
"In 2016, approximately 20.1 million people aged 12 or older had an SUD in the past year, including 15.1 million people who had an alcohol use disorder and 7.4 million people who had an illicit drug use disorder (Figure 42). Among the 7.4 million people aged 12 or older who had an illicit drug use disorder, the most common disorders were for marijuana (4.0 million people) and prescription pain relievers (1.8 million people). Smaller numbers of people in 2016 had disorders related to their use of cocaine, methamphetamine, or heroin or related to their misuse of prescription stimulants.
"An estimated 2.3 million people aged 12 or older had both an alcohol use disorder and an illicit drug use disorder in the past year (Figure 43). Thus, among people aged 12 or older in 2016 who had an SUD in the past year, nearly 3 out of 4 had an alcohol use disorder, and about 1 out of 3 had an illicit drug use disorder. About 1 in 9 people aged 12 or older who had SUDs in the past year had both an alcohol use disorder and an illicit drug use disorder.
"The 20.1 million people who had SUDs in 2016 (Figure 42) represent 7.5 percent of people aged 12 or older (Figure 44). This percentage of people in 2016 who had SUDs corresponds to about 1 in 13 people aged 12 or older. An estimated 1.1 million adolescents aged 12 to 17 had SUDs in 2016, which represents 4.3 percent of adolescents. In 2016, 5.2 million young adults aged 18 to 25 had SUDs. This number represents 15.1 percent of young adults. An estimated 13.8 million adults aged 26 or older in 2016 had SUDs, which represents 6.6 percent of adults in this age group. Stated another way, about 1 in 23 adolescents, 1 in 7 young adults, and 1 in 15 adults aged 26 or older had an SUD in the past year."
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. (2017). Key substance use and mental health indicators in the United States: Results from the 2016 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (HHS Publication No. SMA 17-5044, NSDUH Series H-52). Rockville, MD: Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Retrieved from https://www.samhsa.gov/data/