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National Survey on Drug Use and Health to be unveiled next week

September 20, 2012
by Shannon Brys
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The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) will unveil the results of the latest (2011) National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) at a press conference on Monday, September 24, 2012. The annual survey is the largest of its kind and is the government’s primary vehicle for determining how many persons are using illegal drugs, alcohol, and tobacco, as well as how many are misusing pharmaceuticals.

The release of SAMHSA’s 2011 NSDUH survey findings kicks off the 23rd annual National Recovery Month observance, celebrating individuals throughout the country who have achieved long-term recovery from mental and substance use disorders and recognizing the contributions of the dedicated men and women providing treatment and recovery services. Recovery Month aims to educate the public that behavioral health is essential to overall health, that prevention works, that treatment for substance use and mental health disorders is effective, and that people can and do recover.


  • Pamela S. Hyde, Administrator, SAMHSA, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)

  • Gil Kerlikowske, Director, White House Office of National Drug Control Policy

  • Peter Delany, Acting Director, Center for Substance Abuse Treatment, SAMHSA, HHS

  • Jared Hamre, a person in recovery

  • Benjamin Chin, a person in recovery

  • Stanice Anderson, Director of the Institute of Wellness and Recovery Initiatives at Collaborative Support Programs of New Jersey

  • Peggy Swarbrick, National Wellness Week 2012 Honorary Chairperson

Monday, September 24, 2012 - 9:30 a.m.

National Press Club – First Amendment Lounge, 14th & F streets N.W., Washington, D.C.