Goal: Reduce drug and alcohol addiction.
More than 20 million people in the United States have a substance use disorder, and most of them don’t get the treatment they need.1 Healthy People 2030 focuses on preventing substance use disorders — like drug or alcohol addiction — and helping people with these disorders get treatment.
Substance use disorders are linked to many health problems and can lead to overdose and death. Deaths from opioid use disorder in particular have increased dramatically in recent years.
Strategies to prevent drug and alcohol use at the school, family, and community level are key to reducing substance use disorders. Increasing non-opioid pain management may also help prevent opioid use disorder. And interventions to help people with substance use disorders get treatment can help reduce related health problems and deaths.
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. (2014). Results from the 2013 National Survey on Drug Use and Health: Summary of National Findings [PDF file]. Retrieved from https://www.samhsa.gov/data/sites/default/files/NSDUHresultsPDFWHTML2013/Web/NSDUHresults2013.pdf