Definitions: Children age 12 to 17 who reported dependence on or abuse of illicit drugs or alcohol in the past year.
Illicit drugs include marijuana, cocaine, heroin, hallucinogens, inhalants, or prescription drugs used non-medically. Dependence or abuse is based on definitions found in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. This data is based on a 2-year average of survey responses.
Data Source: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, National Survey on Drug Use and Health 2005-06 - 2008-09.
Data from annual report: State Estimates of Substance Use from the 2008-2009 National Surveys on Drug Use and Health Report, Appendix B, Table B.20.
Updated July 2011.
A 90 percent confidence interval for each estimate can be found at
Teens ages 12 to 17 who abused alcohol or drugs in the past year.
Note: The District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands are
not included in maps and rankings because they are not states and therefore comparisons on many
indicators of child well being are not meaningful.