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Title: Overview of Findings From the 2002 National Survey on Drug Use and Health
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: September 2003
Page Count: 48
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 03-3774
Sale Source: SAMHSA's National Clearinghouse for Alcohol and Drug Information
Box 2345
Rockville, MD 20852
United States of America

NCJRS Photocopy Services
Box 6000
Rockville, MD 20849-6000
United States of America
Type: Survey
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This document discusses the findings of the 2002 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH).
Abstract: The NSDUH is an annual survey of the civilian, noninstitutionalized population of the United States aged 12 years old or older. An estimated 19.5 million Americans, or 8.3 percent of the population aged 12 or older, were current illicit drug users in 2002. Current drug use means use of an illicit drug during the month prior to the survey interview. Marijuana was the most commonly used drug. An estimated 2 million persons (0.9 percent) were cocaine users. An estimated 6.2 million persons (2.6 percent) were current users of psychotherapeutic drugs taken nonmedically. Approximately 1.9 million persons had used OxyContin nonmedically at least once in their lifetime. Among youths aged 12 to 17, 11.6 percent were current illicit drug users. An estimated 120 million Americans aged 12 or older reported being current drinkers of alcohol (51 percent). The prevalence of current alcohol use increased with increasing age. About one in seven persons drove under the influence of alcohol at least once in the 12 months prior to the interview. An estimated 71.5 million (30.4 percent) reported current use of a tobacco product. A higher proportion of males than females smoked cigarettes. The percentage of youths aged 12 to 17 that had ever used marijuana declined slightly from 21.9 to 20.6 percent in 2001-2002. Nonmedical pain reliever incidence increased in 1990, when there were 628,000 initiates, and in 2000, when there were 2.7 million. In 2001, the number was 2.4 million, not significantly different from 2000. The number of new daily cigarette smokers decreased from 2.1 million in 1998 to 1.4 million in 2001. The percentages of youths reporting that it was fairly or very easy to obtain specific drugs were 55 percent for marijuana, 25 percent for cocaine, 19.4 percent for LSD, and 15.8 percent for heroin. An estimated 22 million Americans were classified with substance dependence or abuse in 2002. The rate of substance dependence or abuse was highest among American Indians/Alaskan Natives. 1 table, 16 figures, 7 references, appendix
Main Term(s): Drug use; Surveys
Index Term(s): Alcohol abuse; Drug abuse; Drug dependence; Juvenile drug use; Prescription drugs; Underage Drinking
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