Substance Use Disorder (SUD) is defined as meeting criteria for illicit drug or alcohol dependence or abuse in the past year specified in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 4th edition (DSM-IV).55 Illicit drugs include marijuana, cocaine, heroin, hallucinogens, inhalants, and the nonmedical use of prescription-type psychotherapeutic drugs. SUD is a serious public health concern in the United States. In addition to causing injuries or death from accidents or violence, SUD has many medical consequences. SUD is also associated with psychosocial and legal problems.
NOTE: For data before 2003, the 1977 Office of Management and Budget (OMB) standards for data on race and ethnicity were used to classify persons into racial groups. The revised 1997 OMB standards were used for data from 2003 and later years. Data from 2003 onward are not directly comparable with data from earlier years. Data on race and Hispanic origin are collected separately. Persons of Hispanic origin may be of any race.
SOURCE: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, National Survey on Drug Use and Health.
55 Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. (2013). Results from the 2012 National Survey on Drug Use and Health: Summary of National Findings. NSDUH Series H-46, HHS Publication No. (SMA) 13-4795. Rockville, MD. Retrieved from http://www.samhsa.gov/data/NSDUH/2012SummNatFindDetTables/NationalFindings/NSDUHresults2012.htm#ch7.