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Health Agencies Update
October 27, 2020

US Drug Use Survey Uncovers Both Promising and Concerning Trends

JAMA. 2020;324(16):1598. doi:10.1001/jama.2020.20622

Among people aged 12 years or older in 2019, 60.1% reported having used a substance during the past month, according to the latest National Survey on Drug Use and Health, compiled by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

The most commonly reported substance used in the past month was alcohol, consumed by 50.8% of survey respondents, followed by tobacco, used by 21.1%. In addition, 13% used an illicit drug.

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