The annual data provide a statistical context for the country’s opioid crisis and other behavioral health matters.
This year’s report found:
- the number of individuals initiating heroin use decreased by more than 50 percent from 2016;
- significantly more people received treatment for their substance use disorder than in 2016;
- young adults continue to have higher rates of cigarette use, alcohol initiation, alcohol use disorder, heroin-related opioid use disorder, cocaine use, methamphetamine use, and LSD use than their younger and older counterparts;
- data between 2015 and 2017 show pregnant women are trending in the wrong direction with respect to use of illicit drugs, including opioids; and
- approximately 8.1 percent of individuals live with a co-occurring mental and substance use disorder.