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The Florida Certification Board Wednesday - April 23, 2014
Center for Prevention Workforce Development

New National Report Shows Substance Abuse and Mental Illness Differences among the States

A new report developed by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) providing state-by-state analyses of a wide range of behavioral health issues reveals that despite some wide variations among the states in the types and levels of problems they confront— every state must deal with these issues. For example, among those aged 12 and older, Iowa had less than half the current illicit drug use rate of Alaska (5.3-percent versus 13.5-percent) yet Iowa also was among the top 10 states with the highest levels of people age 12 and older currently participating in binge drinking (28.6-percent).

The report provides valuable insights to state public health authorities and service providers on the scope and nature of behavioral health issues affecting their states. The report is part of SAMHSA’s strategic initiative on data, outcomes, and quality—an effort to provide the best available information to everyone involved in the behavioral health field.

Among the report’s other findings:

• Fewer people in many states perceived that cigarette use can be risky. Between the combined years 2007-2008 and 2008-2009 the perception of great risk from smoking one or more pack of cigarettes a day decreased in 14 states among those aged 12 to 17; in 31 states among those aged 18 to 25 and in 9 states among those 26 and older. No states during this period registered an increase in the perception of risk from heavy cigarette use.

• Current illicit drug use dropped among adolescents aged 12 to 17 in 17 states between 2002-2003 and 2008-2009—no increases in current illicit drug use occurred in any state in this age group over this time period.

• While the District of Columbia had the nation’s highest rate of past-year alcohol dependence or abuse for those 26 or older (8.1 percent), it had the lowest rate among persons aged 12 to 17 (3.0 percent). • Utah had the lowest rate of current marijuana use (3.6 percent) while Alaska had the highest rate (11.5 percent). All 10 states that had the highest rates of past month illicit drug use among persons age 12 or older were also the top 10 states for past month marijuana use (Alaska, Colorado, District of Columbia, Hawaii, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Oregon, Rhode Island and Vermont).

• Between 2007-2008 and 2008-2009 11 states showed declines in past-year cocaine use among persons aged 12 or older (Arizona, Arkansas, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Minnesota, Ohio, Oregon, Tennessee and Virginia).

• Rhode Island had the nation’s highest rate of adults aged 18 or older experiencing serious mental illness in the past year (7.2-percent), while Hawaii and South Dakota shared the lowest rate (3.5-percent).
"No state is free from the unique impact of mental and substance use disorders," SAMHSA Administrator Pamela Hyde said in a news release. "Data like these give states the information they can use to target their prevention and treatment activities for the greatest benefit to their residents."











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