Estimated Number of Persons in the US with a Substance Use Disorder

"In 2017, an estimated 20.7 million people aged 12 or older needed substance use treatment. This translates to about 1 in 13 people who needed treatment. Among young adults aged 18 to 25, however, about 1 in 7 people needed treatment. For NSDUH, people are defined as needing substance use treatment if they had an SUD in the past year or if they received substance use treatment at a specialty facility in the past year.4

"In 2017, 1.5 percent of people aged 12 or older (4.0 million people) received any substance use treatment in the past year, and 0.9 percent (2.5 million) received substance use treatment at a specialty facility. About 1 in 8 people aged 12 or older who needed substance use treatment received treatment at a specialty facility in the past year (12.2 percent).

"In 2017, among the estimated 18.2 million people aged 12 or older who needed substance use treatment but did not receive specialty treatment in the past year, about 1.0 million perceived they had a need for substance use treatment. About 2 in 5 people who perceived a need for treatment but did not receive treatment at a specialty facility were not ready to stop using, and about 1 in 3 had no health care coverage and were not able to afford the cost."

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Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. (2018). Key substance use and mental health indicators in the United States: Results from the 2017 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (HHS Publication No. SMA 18-5068, NSDUH Series H-53). Rockville, MD: Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Retrieved from https://www.samhsa.gov/data/
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