Tracking Drug Use and Other Drug-Related Statistics

Last Updated: Friday, January 31, 2020

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


Opioid Summaries by State, 2017

National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)
This page includes the 2017 Opioid-Involved Overdose Death Rates (per 100,000 people) for each state.

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Drugs Most Frequently Involved in Drug Overdose Deaths: United States, 2011–2016

National Vital Statistics Reports, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
This report identifies the specific drugs involved most frequently in drug overdose deaths in the United States from 2011 through 2016.

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Drug Overdose Deaths in the United States, 1999–2018

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 2018. January 2020.

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Facing Addiction in America: The Surgeon General's Spotlight on Opioids

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)
The Office of the Surgeon General and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) developed this Spotlight on Opioids from the Surgeon General’s Report, in order to provide opioid-related information in one, easy-to-read document. September 2018.

Making the Connection: Drug Use and Academic Grades

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Data from the 2015 National Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) show that students with higher academic grades are less likely to engage in drug use, such as using marijuana, taking prescription drugs without a prescription, or using heroin. It is important to remember that these associations do not prove causation. 

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Monitoring the Future Study (MTF)

National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)
Provides annual data on drug use for youth (8th, 10th, and 12th graders), college students, and adults through 50. Data is available for 2019.


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. August 2019.


Substance Use and Sexual Risk Behavior Among Youth

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Adolescent substance use is associated with sexual risk behaviors that put young people at risk for HIV, sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), and pregnancy. July 2018.


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.


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.

The Legalization of Marijuana in Colorado: The Impact
The Rocky Mountain HIDTA Strategic Intelligence Unit
The Rocky Mountain High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (RMHIDTA) program has published annual reports every year since 2013 tracking the impact of legalizing recreational marijuana in Colorado. 

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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