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National Survey on Drug Use and Health

NSDUH is the primary source of statistical information on the use of illegal drugs, alcohol, and tobacco by the U.S. civilian, noninstitutionalized population aged 12 or older. Conducted by the Federal Government since 1971, the survey collects data through face-to-face interviews with a representative sample of the population at the respondent''s place of residence. Correlates in OAS reports include the following: age, gender, pregnancy status, race / ethnicity, education, employment, geographic area, frequency of use, and association with alcohol, tobacco, & illegal drug use. NSDUH collects information from residents of households and noninstitutional group quarters (e.g., shelters, rooming houses, dormitories) and from civilians living on military bases. The survey excludes homeless persons who do not use shelters, military personnel on active duty, and residents of institutional group quarters, such as jails and hospitals. Most of the questions are administered with audio computer-assisted self-interviewing (ACASI). ACASI is designed to provide the respondent with a highly private and confidential mode for responding to questions in order to increase the level of honest reporting of illicit drug use and other sensitive behaviors. Less sensitive items are administered by interviewers using computer-assisted personal interviewing (CAPI). The 2010 NSDUH employed a State-based design with an independent, multistage area probability sample within each State and the District of Columbia. The eight States with the largest population (which together account for about half of the total U.S. population aged 12 or older) were designated as large sample States (California, Florida, Illinois, Michigan, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Texas) and had a sample size of about 3,600 each. For the remaining 42 States and the District of Columbia, the sample size was about 900 per State. The design oversampled youths and young adults; each State''s sample was approximately equally distributed among three age groups: 12 to 17 years, 18 to 25 years, and 26 years or older.

URL: http://www.oas.samhsa.gov/nsduh.htm

Resource ID: nlx_146277     Resource Type: Resource     Version: Latest Version


substance abuse, data, clinical, mental health, marijuana, cocaine, heroin, hallucinogen, inhalant, psychotherapeutic, alcohol, tobacco, illicit drug, adolescent, early adult, adult

Additional Resource Types

Topical Portal, Data Set

Related Disease

Drug Abuse




National Survey on Drug Use & Health, National Survey on Drug Use Health, National Household Survey on Drug Abuse, SAMHSA National Survey on Drug Use & Health

Parent Organization

Funding Information

Substance abuse and mental health services administration, HHSS283200800004C





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12:00am June 20, 2012

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