Data on Drug, Alcohol and Mental Health Trends Show No State is Immune
|July 27, 2011||Posted by M. P. under Behavorial Health, Drug and Alcohol, Federal Government||
New state-level trend data from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) on behavioral health and substance use indicate drug use may be declining nationally while rates of alcohol use have increased in some groups. Although rates differ across age groups and items, all states experience mental health and substance use and abuse issues. Data such as these assist states in identifying the most prevalent needs of their residents, planning treatment services and prevention strategies and utilizing funding in a more efficient manner.
Findings from the report, State Estimates of Substance Use and Mental Disorders from the 2008-2009 National Surveys on Drug Use and Health, include,
- Current drug use reported by persons ages 12 and over decreased in every state of the nation between the 2002-03 and the 2008-09 data collection years; however, the rate of drug use within the past month increased to 8.4 percent of the total population of the United States (over age 12).
- Past month alcohol use among those 12 and over increased from 50.5 percent to 51.8 percent nationally. This particular rate also rose in 11 states, including Pennsylvania.
- Nationally, 18-25 years olds have the highest rate of any mental illness in the past year (30.5 percent). The rate for persons 18 and older is just under 20 percent (19.7).
- Over 8 percent (8.2) of American youth ages 12-17 reported depression in the past year. The rate for youth in Pennsylvania was 6.8 percent.
For the complete report visit http://www.oas.samhsa.gov.
Report Citation: State Estimates of Substance Use and Mental Disorders from the 2008-2009 National Surveys on Drug Use and Health, NSDUH Series H-40, HHS Publication No. (SMA) 11-4641. Rockville, MD: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, 2011.