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National Survey on Drug Use and Health Findings Announced

Posted by Informed Families on August 29, 2019 at 3:04 PM

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National Survey on Drug Use and Health Findings Announced

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) recently released the 2018 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH). The annual survey is the nation’s primary resource for data on mental health and substance use among Americans.

Among the findings:

  • The number of Americans misusing pain relievers dropped substantially, and fewer young adults are abusing heroin and other substances.
  • Marijuana continues to be the most widely used illicit drug. Frequent marijuana use, in youth (aged 12-17 years) and young adults, appears to be associated with risk for opioid use, heavy alcohol use, and major depressive episodes
  • A majority of people who misuse prescription pain relievers get them from friends & family, or healthcare providers & prescribers.

In response to the survey findings, Dr. Elinore F. McCance-Katz, the Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use, noted that she was pleased that prevention efforts appear to be working.

“Prevention works. And I just want to take a moment to thank all the preventionists that are working so hard across this nation to get the information to our people about the risks associated with substance misuse. Your work is reflected in our survey data. Thank you for everything you do, and please keep doing it,” McCance-Katz said in her video announcing the survey findings.

Topics: marijuana, prescription drug abuse, drug free, samhsa

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We teach people how to say no to drugs and how to make healthy choices. To reduce the demand for drugs, Informed Families has focused its efforts on educating and mobilizing the community, parents and young people in order to change attitudes. In this way we counteract the pressures in society that condone and promote drug and alcohol use and abuse. The organization educates thousands of families annually about how to stay drug and alcohol free through networking and a variety of programs and services .

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