Child and Adolescent Substance Use

SAMHSA REPORTS:  National Survey on Drug Use and Health

  • Challenges of Pregnant Teens in Substance Abuse Treatment
    A new report shows that among the approximately 57,000 teenage (ages 12 to 19) female substance abuse treatment admissions each year, about 2,000 (4 percent) involve pregnant teens. SAMHSA's report finds that these pregnant teen admissions tend to involve greater challenges than other female teen admissions in a number of key areas, such as financial and educational status.
     
  • Data Spotlight: Youths in Therapeutic Foster Care at Elevated Risk for Substance Use (pdf)
    Highlights data from the 2002 to 2010 National Surveys on Drug Use and Health regarding youths in therapeutic foster care and substance use.
     
  • Young Adults' Need for and Receipt of Alcohol and Illicit Drug Use Treatment: 2007
    This Short Report is based on SAMHSA's National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) conducted by SAMHSA's Office of Applied Studies (OAS). SAMHSA's National Survey on Drug Use and Health is the primary source of information on the prevalence, patterns, and consequences of drug and alcohol use and abuse in the general U.S. civilian non institutionalized population, age 12 and older.
     
  • Fathers’ Alcohol Use and Substance Use among Adolescents
    This issue of The NSDUH Report examines rates of adolescent substance use and substance use disorders (i.e., dependence on or abuse of alcohol or illicit drugs) by level of alcohol use in the past year among fathers (i.e., no alcohol use, alcohol use but no alcohol use disorder, and alcohol use disorder). It focuses on biological, step-, adoptive, and foster children aged 12 to 17 who were living with their fathers at the time of the survey interview. All findings are based on annual averages from combined 2002 to 2007 NSDUH data.
     
  • Children Living with Substance-Dependent or Substance-Abusing Parents: 2002 to 2007
    This issue of The NSDUH Report examines the number of children living with substance-dependent or substance-abusing parents. It focuses on biological, step-, adoptive, and foster children under 18 years of age who were living with one or both parents at the time of the survey interview. All findings are based on annual averages from the combined 2002 to 2007 NSDUH data.
     
  • Depression and the Initiation of Alcohol and Other Drug Use among Youths Aged 12 to 17
    This report examines past year MDE, past year initiation of alcohol and illicit drug use, and the association between MDE and the initiation of alcohol or other drug use in the past year among youths aged 12 to 17. All findings presented in this report are based on 2005 NSDUH data.
     
  • Substance Use Treatment Need among Adolescents, 2003-2004
    This report presents estimates of treatment, treatment need, and perceived unmet need among youths aged 12 to 17. Estimates are presented separately for alcohol use treatment and illicit drug use treatment. Because some youths have a problem with both alcohol and illicit drugs, there is overlap in these estimates. For simplicity, this report does not provide separate estimates for this population with both problems. All findings presented in this report are annual averages based on combined 2003 and 2004 NSDUH data.