Last updated: March 30, 2020
Learn more from the 2012 National Survey on Drug Use and Health: Summary of National Findings.
This report presents the first information from the 2012 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), an annual survey sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). The survey is the primary source of information on the use of illicit drugs, alcohol, and tobacco in the civilian, non institutionalized population of the United States aged 12 years old or older.
- 23.9 million Americans aged 12 or older were current illicit drug users
- 68% of drug users are employed
- 9.2 percent of the population aged 12 or older
- 8.9 percent were employed full time and 12.5 percent were employed part time
- Daily or almost daily use of marijuana increased from 5.1 million persons in 2007 to 7.6 million persons in 2012
- The number of past year heroin users increased between 2007 (373,000) and 2012 (669,000)
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