Performance Improvement 2005. Overview of Findings From the 2003 National Survey on Drug Use and Health


This report presents the first information from the 2003 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), an annual survey of the civilian, non-institutionalized population of the United States aged 12 years or older. This brief overview report provides a concise summary of the main results of the 2003 NSDUH. A major focus of this report consists of changes in substance use between 2002 and 2003. Because of improvements to the survey in 2002, the 2002 data constitute a new baseline for tracking trends in substance use and other measures. This report also contains a subset of the results given in the full report, “Results from the 2003 National Survey on Drug Use and Health: National Findings”. Both reports present the results in separate chapters that discuss the national findings on seven topics: use of illicit drugs; use of alcohol; use of tobacco products; trends in initiation of substance use; prevention-related issues; substance dependence, abuse, and treatment; and mental health. Some highlights of the findings in this report include: (1) In 2003, an estimated 19.5 million Americans aged 12 or older, were current illicit drug users. (2) The rate of current illicit drug use among youths aged 12 or older did not change significantly between 2002 and 2003, and there were no changes for any specific drug. (3)marijuana is the most commonly used illicit drug, with a rate of 6.2 percent in 2003.

PIC ID: 8057; Agency Sponsor: SAMHSA, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration; Federal Contact: Hughes, Arthur, 240-276-1261; Performer: RTI International, Research Triangle Park, NC

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