2012 Community Profile
Risk Factors, Youth
Chart 27. Past Year Substance Use among Youths Aged 12 to 17, by Major Depressive Episode in the Past Year: 2010, U.S.
(Source: Results of the 2010 National Survey on Drug Use and Health: Mental Health Findings)
Illicit drugs include marijuana/hashish, cocaine, (including crack), heroin, hallucinogens, inhalants or prescription drugs used non medically. In 2010, youths aged 12 to 17 with past year MDE were almost twice as likely as those without to be dependent on illicit drugs, including prescription drugs. Adolescents with depression use drugs and alcohol to self medicate in an attempt to feel normal.
(Source: Results from the 2010 National Survey on Drug Use and Health: Mental Health Findings.)
Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Agency