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NCJ Number: 198151 Add to Shopping cart Find in a Library
Title: Results From the 2001 National Household Survey on Drug Abuse: Volume I. Summary of National Findings
Corporate Author: RTI International
United States of America

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Admin (SAMHSA)
US Dept of Health and Human Services
United States of Americ
Date Published: August 2002
Page Count: 96
Sponsoring Agency: NCJRS Photocopy Services
Rockville, MD 20849-6000
RTI International
Research Triangle Park, NC 27709
SAMHSA's National Clearinghouse for Alcohol and Drug Information
Rockville, MD 20852
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Admin (SAMHSA)
Rockville, MD 20857
Contract Number: 283-98-9008
Publication Number: (SMA)02-3758
Sale Source: SAMHSA's National Clearinghouse for Alcohol and Drug Information
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Rockville, MD 20852
United States of America

NCJRS Photocopy Services
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United States of America
Type: Survey
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This first volume of a three-volume report summarizes the national findings of the 2001 National Household Survey on Drug Abuse (NHSDA), which obtained information on the prevalence of substance use in the U.S. population, as well as the problems associated with such use.
Abstract: Specifically, the survey collected information on the sociodemographic characteristics of users, patterns of use, treatment, perceptions of risk, criminal behavior, and mental health. Since 1999 the NHSDA sample has been designed to provide State-level estimates based on 70,000 respondents (12 years old and older) per year. The survey found that an estimated 15.9 million Americans ages 12 and older (7.1 percent of the population) used an illicit drug during the month immediately prior to the survey interviews ("current users"). The 2000 survey reported that 6.3 percent of this population were current users of illicit drugs. The survey found statistically significant increases between 2000 and 2001 in the use of specific drugs or groups of illicit drugs, such as marijuana (from 4.8 to 5.4 percent) and cocaine (0.5 to 0.7 percent), and the nonmedical use of pain relievers (1.2 to 1.6 percent) and tranquilizers (0.4 to 0.6 percent). The 2001 survey found that 10.8 percent of youths 12-17 were current drug users compared with 9.7 percent in 2000. Similarly, among adults ages 18 to 25, current drug use increased between 2000 and 2001 from 15.9 to 18.8 percent. There were no statistically significant changes in the rates of drug use among adults aged 26 or older. Patterns of current drug use among major racial/ethnic groups in 2001 were similar to previous years: 7.4 percent among blacks, 7.2 percent among whites, and 6.4 percent among Hispanics. Current drug use was highest among American Indians and Alaska Natives (9.9 percent) and lowest among Asians (2.8 percent). Findings are reported for alcohol use, tobacco use, trends in the initiation of substance use, prevention-related measures, substance dependence or abuse, treatment for substance abuse problems, serious mental illness among adults, and mental health treatment. 54 figures
Main Term(s): Drug abuse
Index Term(s): Alcoholic beverage consumption; Drug prevention programs; Drug treatment; Juvenile drug use; Mental health; Mental health services; Tobacco use
Note: SAMHSA National Household Survey on Drug Abuse Series: H-17. See NCJ-198152 for Volume II.
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