SAMHSA Releases 2020 National Survey on Drug Use and Health

Announces release (10/26/21) of findings from the 2020 National Survey on Drug Use and Health [NSDUH]. The data suggest that the COVID-19 pandemic has adversely impacted Americans’ mental health, including by exacerbating use of alcohol or drugs.  Youth ages 12 to 17 who had a past-year major depressive episode (MDE) reported the COVID-19 pandemic negatively affected their mental health “quite a bit or a lot.” “SAMHSA’s annual NSDUH provides helpful data on the extent of substance use and mental health issues in the United States,” said Miriam E. Delphin-Rittmon, Ph.D., who leads SAMHSA. “These data show the urgent need to intervene at every opportunity to reduce substance use disorder and meet people where they are,” said Acting Director of National Drug Control Policy Regina LaBelle. People searching for treatment for mental or substance use disorders can find treatment by visiting, or by calling SAMHSA’s National Helpline, 1-800-662-HELP (4357). 

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