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Psychiatry and Mental Health Resources: Sources for Statistics

Substance Abuse Stats

To obtain statistics or summary reports on topics related to substance abuse, start at this site: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Office of Applied Studies (OAS.) or SAMHSA Home.

Key reporting systems for these data include:

The latest national summary report of statistics on substance abuse (2013 data) is available through SAMHSA.

DAWN (Drug Abuse Warning Network), which monitors hospital emergency room visits and medical examiner reports of deaths related to substance abuse.

NSDUH (National Survey on Drug Use and Health), which collects and reports on the incidence of drug use and its health consequences.

DASIS (Drug and Alcohol Services Information System), which provides data on treatment of substance abuse.

National Library of Medicine's Quick Links to Mental Health Statistics

The National Library of Medicine has a research guide on statistics. Its Mental Health page has links to selected statistics on mental health.

Mental Health Stats

The federal government has a sophisticated and timely system for collecting, analyzing and distributing statistics, data and reports on mental health and substance abuse. To obtain statistics or summary reports on topics related to incidence, trends, economics and treatment of mental disorders, start at this site: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Office of Applied Studies (OAS). The survey on Drug Use and Health collects and reports on the incidence of drug use and its health consequences.

Annual mental health statistics are also available from the Center for Mental Health Services.

Population-related data can be found in the National Data Book at the U.S. Census Bureau.

ICPSR - Social Science Data Sets for Researchers

Those doing research in social science areas, including mental health and substance abuse, can access statistical data sets through the ICPSR.  See the research guide for details on this resource at ICPSR information and links.