Substance use among youths in the United States as of 2017, by major depressive episode*

Substance use among youths in the U.S. by major depressive episode 2017 This statistic depicts the percentage of substance use among youths in the United States as of 2017, sorted by major depressive episode. Some 30 percent of the respondents reporting to have used any illicit drug suffered from a major depressive episode within the past year.
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Had major depressive episode in the past yearDid not have major depressive episode in the past year
Illicit drugs**29.3%14.3%
Marijuana22.5%10.9%
Psychotherapeutics11.5%3.9%
Inhalants4.5%2%
Hallucinogens4.5%1.6%
Cocaine1.1%0.4%
Heroin0.2%0%
Had major depressive episode in the past yearDid not have major depressive episode in the past year
Illicit drugs**29.3%14.3%
Marijuana22.5%10.9%
Psychotherapeutics11.5%3.9%
Inhalants4.5%2%
Hallucinogens4.5%1.6%
Cocaine1.1%0.4%
Heroin0.2%0%
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This statistic depicts the percentage of substance use among youths in the United States as of 2017, sorted by major depressive episode. Some 30 percent of the respondents reporting to have used any illicit drug suffered from a major depressive episode within the past year.
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Release date
September 2018
Region
United States
Survey time period
2017
Number of respondents
base: around 70,000
Age group
12-17 years
Method of interview
Questionnaire
Supplementary notes
* Major depressive episode in the past year.
** Illicit Drugs include marijuana/hashish, cocaine (including crack), heroin, hallucinogens, inhalants, or prescription type psychotherapeutics used non-medically.

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