A New Report Looks at Substance Use Trends in the U.S. in 2019

Updated: Nov 17, 2020



The 2019 National Survey on Drug Use and Health Finds Declines in Opioid Use Disorders but Rises in Marijuana, Methamphetamine Use, and Mental Illness



The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) recently released results from the 2019 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH). The report finds declines in the misuse of prescription pain medication, alcohol use, and cigarettes, but increases in marijuana use and methamphetamine use, along with an increase in mental illness.


Conducted annually for individuals over the age of 12 in the U.S., the NSDUH based its findings on over 67,000 interviews that capture changes in substance use and substance use disorders (SUD) over time. Overall, the NSDUH finds, the number of Americans with an SUD has held steady in recent years, as 20.4 million people had one in 2019. Bu