Reduce the proportion of adults who used drugs in the past month — SU‑07

Status: Getting worse

Getting worse

Most Recent Data:
13.4 percent (2019)

12.0 percent

Desired Direction:
Decrease desired

12.0 percent of adults aged 18 years and over reported use of illicit drugs in the past 30 days in 2018

Reduce the proportion of adults reporting use of any illicit drugs during the past 30 days

Target-Setting Method
Maintain the baseline


Drug use in adults has increased in recent years and can cause pregnancy complications, overdose, and death. Behavioral therapy and medications for addiction treatment can reduce drug use. School- and family-based programs that delay and reduce drug use in adolescents can also help reduce the proportion of adults who use drugs.