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Death Rate due to Drug Use
Shows the death rate per 100,000 population due to drug use (drug-induced deaths). According to SAMHSA’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), more than half of all adults drink alcohol, with 6.6% meeting criteria for an alcohol use disorder. Among Americans aged 12 or older, the use of illicit drugs has increased over the last decade from 8.3% of the population using illicit drugs in the past month in 2002 to 9.4% (24.6 million people) in 2013. Of those, 8.2 million people met criteria for a substance use disorder in the past year. The misuse of prescription drugs is second only to marijuana as the nation’s most common drug problem after alcohol and tobacco, leading to troubling increases in opioid overdoses in the past decade.
Measurement Period: 2008
HP 2020 Target:Healthy People 2020 target: Reduce the drug-induced death rate to 11.3 deaths per 100,000 population.
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