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Substance Dependence or Abuse and Treatment

Substance Use or Dependence

In 2007 among adolescents aged 12-17, 7.7% of adolescents were classified1 as substance dependent or abusive.

4.3% of adolescents were classified as substance dependent or abusive for illicit drugs in 2007.

5.4% of adolescents were classified as substance dependent or abusive for alcohol in 2007.

Substance Use Treatment

In 2007, 7.6% of adolescents aged 12 to 17 who were in need of treatment received substance abuse treatment services.

Source: National Survey on Drug Use and Health (2007)

1 Note: Dependence or abuse is based on definitions found in the 4th edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV)

© Doreen A. Cavanaugh, Ph.D.

November 12, 2009

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