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Nearly 10% in US have had problem with drug use, survey finds

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h6229 (Published 18 November 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h6229
  1. Michael McCarthy
  1. 1Seattle

Nearly 10% of people in the United States, more than 23.3 million, have or have had a problem with drug use, and the vast majority went untreated, says a study published online by JAMA Psychiatry on 18 November.1

The study’s lead author, Bridget F Grant, of the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism in Rockville, Maryland, and colleagues analyzed data collected from in-person interviews with 36 309 adults in the 2012-13 National Epidemiologic Survey on Alcohol and Related Conditions III (NESARC III), a cross sectional representative survey of the US.

The interviews were designed to measure the prevalence of drug use disorder (DUD), alcohol use …

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