LHI April Focus: Substance Use Disorder

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Substance use disorder (SUD) is a condition characterized by the compulsive use of substances despite harmful consequences. According to the 2020 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), 40.3 million Americans, aged 12 or older, had an SUD in the past year. Substance use disorders continue to be a significant health concern in our country. It is important to recognize early signs and symptoms within yourself and others.

Key Facts

According to the CDC, these are the key facts about SUDs:

  • SUDs are treatable, chronic diseases that can affect anyone – regardless of race, gender, income level or social class.
  • One in seven Americans aged 12 or older reports experiencing an SUD.
  • SUD diagnosis can be applied to the following classes of drugs: alcohol; cannabis; hallucinogens; inhalants; opioids; sedatives, hypnotics, or anxiolytics; stimulants; tobacco (nicotine); and other (or unknown) substances.
  • SUDs can lead to significant problems in all aspects of a person’s life including in their work, school or home life.
  • Coordinated care is critical in treating anyone with an SUD to achieve positive outcomes. Coordinating treatment for comorbidities, including mental health conditions, is an important part of treating an SUD.

To learn more about SUDs, you can click here: CDC | Substance Use Disorders


You can find reliable confidential resources on substance use disorders at the LHI. You can stop by the LHI in Rhodes Hall 24 hours a day/7 days a week and pull information from the LHI slat board full of resources or contact the librarian at (614) 293-3707 or health-info@osu.edu. All information is provided at no cost for you.



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