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The Prevalence of Drug Use Disorder

12-month and lifetime risk evaluated

Drug use disorder (DUD) is a common, highly comorbid, and disabling disorder that is not being treated, according to a cross-sectional representative survey involving more than 36,000 individuals.

Investigators conducted in-person interviews with participants in the 2012-2013 National Epidemiologic Survey on Alcohol and Related Conditions–III. They looked at 12-month and lifetime DUD.

Among the results:

• 12-month and lifetime DUD prevalence was 3.9% and 9.9%, respectively.

• There was more DUD in men, white and Native American individuals, younger and previously or never married adults, those with lower education and income, and those residing in the West.

• There was a significant link between 12-month and lifetime DUD and other substance use disorders.

• There was also a significant association between 12-month DUD and specific comorbid conditions.

The authors concluded that clinicians need to play a role in destigmatizing DUD.

Citation: Grant B, Saha T, Ruan J, et al. Epidemiology of DSM-5 drug use disorder: results from the National Epidemiologic Survey on Alcohol and Related Conditions–III. JAMA Psychiatry. 2016;73(1):39-47.