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Substance Use

Substance use disorders occur when regular use of alcohol and/or drugs impacts daily functioning, including health problems, disability, and inability to meet main responsibilities at home, work, or school.1

1. Substance Use Disorders, SAMHSA, 10/27/15.
The United States is in the midst of an opioid overdose epidemic.2

Most leading causes of death are at least partially caused by the abuse of alcohol, tobacco, or other drugs. Chronic liver disease, unintentional injuries, and suicide are associated with alcohol use; chronic lower respiratory disease and influenza and pneumonia are associated with tobacco use; heart disease, malignant neoplasms, and cerebrovascular disease are associated with both alcohol and tobacco use; and unintentional injuries and suicide are associated with the use of other drugs.

2. Opioid Overdose, CDC, 10/23/17.
Opioids killed nearly 50,000 people in the U.S. in 2019, six times the number of deaths in 1999.3

3. Opioid Overdose, CDC, 3/25/21.
Substance use data can be obtained from sources including:
The Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services conducts surveys of drug use and health in New Jersey.

Binge Drinking (5+ drinks for men, 4+ drinks for women) - Adults (BRFSS)

Chronic Heavy Drinking - Adults (BRFSS)

Current Alcohol Use - Adults (BRFSS)


Diagnosis - Major Diagnostic Categories (MDC): Alcohol/Drug Use or Induced Mental Diorders


Cause of Death - Other cause of death groupings: Alcohol-induced deaths and/or Drug-induced deaths

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