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.