Tracking Drug Use and Other Drug-Related Statistics

Last Updated: Friday, September 14, 2018

The following list provides the sources for federal government and nongovernment-sponsored national surveys and other data sources on drug use and related topics.

Federal Government Sources

NHTSA logo Drug Overdose Deaths in the United States, 1999–2017
National Center for Health Statistics, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
This report updates statistics on deaths from drug overdoses in the United States and includes information on trends since 1999 as well as key findings for 2017. January 2018.
NHTSA logo The Surgeon General's Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)
The first-ever Surgeon General’s Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health reviews what we know about substance misuse and how you can use that knowledge to address substance misuse and related consequences.  November 2016.
MTF logo Monitoring the Future Study (MTF)
National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA)
Provides annual data on drug use for youth (8th, 10th, and 12 graders), college students, and adults through 50. Data is available for 2017.
SAMHSA Logo National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH)
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
Provides annual substance use data on persons ages 12 and older. Data is available for 2002-2017.

Treatment Episode Data Set (TEDS)
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
Provides data on substance abuse characteristics on admissions to drug treatment facilities. Data is available for various years between 2002-2015.

“YR”BS Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS)
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Provides substance abuse and other health-related risk behavior data for students in grades 9-12. This survey is conducted every two years. Latest data released June 2018.

Nongovernment Sources

Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA)
Columbia University
Get info about addiction, the negative impact of drugs on society, and prevention and treatment solutions.

Partnership for Drug-Free Kids
The Partnership works to reduce teen substance abuse and support families impacted by addiction.  Get the information you need to prevent your child from using drugs and alcohol.

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