Substance use disorders (SUDs) are a leading cause of disability in the United States, with millions of individuals experiencing significant impairments, including negative health impacts and an inability to effectively meet responsibilities at home, school, or in the workplace.1 Polysubstance abuse, or the mixing of multiple illicit substances, is common.2
The 2021 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) prepared by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Association (SAMHSA) reported that in the US:
61.2 million people 12 or older (21.9% of the population) used illicit drugs in the past year.3
46.3 million people 12 or older (16.5% of the population) met DSM-5 criteria for having a substance use disorder this past year.3
94% of people 12 or older with a substance use disorder did not receive any form of treatment.3
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Substance abuse prevention, commonly targeted at children and teens, attempts to prevent substance use and limit problems associated with illicit drugs. These efforts may focus on both the individual as well as their surrounding environment.4
October has been designated National Substance Abuse Prevention month as a time to spotlight the vital importance of substance abuse prevention at individual and community levels, including remembering those who have lost their lives to substance abuse and acknowledging individuals in recovery and those supporting them.
SAMHSA’s National Prevention Week (May 12th – May 18th, 2024) highlights the work of communities and organizations working to raise awareness of substance misuse prevention, celebrating year-round initiatives and positive impacts.
SAMHSA defines recovery as “A process of change through which individuals improve their health and wellness, live a self-directed life, and strive to reach their full potential.” Achieving recovery is dependent upon licensed, accredited, and evidence-based treatment.
Among other tools, appropriate drug testing can have important clinical applications in the treatment of substance use disorders and in the monitoring of patients who are prescribed potentially addictive medications.
Drug testing in SUD treatment can serve as:5
In healthcare settings, drug testing is useful for:5
A variety of national and international events put a spotlight on substance abuse prevention, treatment, and recovery, educating the public on these issues to mobilize efforts and resources towards the fight against substance abuse and the opioid pandemic.
National Substance Abuse Prevention month
SAMHSA’s National Prevention Week
International Overdose Awareness Day
National Recovery Month
International Recovery Day
International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking
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