One In Ten Americans May Suffer From A Drug Use Disorder

The CBS News (11/19, Welch) website reports that “about one in 10 Americans struggles with a drug use disorder at some point in their lifetime, according to” the results of a study published online Nov. 18 in JAMA Psychiatry. The research, conducted by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), also reveals that most of these individuals do not get treatment.

TIME (11/19, Sifferlin) reports that the “data comes from interviews with 36,309 adults who participated in a national survey between 2012 and 2013.” Drug use disorders “involved a variety of substances from marijuana and cocaine to hallucinogens and heroin.” Overall, the study found that disorders were “more common among men, young unmarried adults, people with lower education and income, and white and Native American groups.” Drug abuse problems were also more likely to be reported by people who “abused alcohol and nicotine and those with mental health issues such as major depressive disorder, bipolar disorder and post traumatic stress.”

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— “Nearly 10 percent of Americans struggle with drug problems,” Ashley Welch, CBS News, November 18, 2015.

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