Reduce the proportion of people who had drug use disorder in the past year — SU‑15

Status: Little or no detectable change

Little or no detectable change

Most Recent Data:
3.0 percent (2019)

2.7 percent

Desired Direction:
Decrease desired

3.0 percent of persons aged 12 years and over had an illicit drug use disorder (defined as meeting DSM-IV criteria) in the past 12 months in 2018

Reduce the proportion of persons with illicit drug use disorder in the past year

Target-Setting Method
Minimal statistical significance


Reducing drug use disorder is key to preventing drug overdose deaths. There are effective medications for substance use, but most people who need treatment don’t get it. Strategies to reduce drug use disorder include building treatment capacity, improving delivery of evidence-based care, and expanding the use of evidence-based prevention programs.