The adverse effects of substance use disorders—in the short and long term—vary greatly by the type of drug used, the duration of use, age at use, and more. The following sections outline the different side effects and consequences of commonly used substances and the impact of their use on family safety, permanency, and well-being.
Results from the 2013 National Survey on Drug Use and Health: Summary of National Findings (PDF - 3,279 KB)
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) (2013)
Presents national estimates of rates of use, numbers of users, and other measures related to illicit drugs, alcohol, and tobacco products by the U.S. civilian, noninstitutionalized population aged 12 or older.