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Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is the agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that leads public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation. SAMHSA's mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America's communities.

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National Household Survey on Drug Abuse (NHSDA-1998)

The National Household Survey on Drug Abuse (NHSDA) series
measures the prevalence and correlates of drug use in the United
States. The surveys are designed to provide quarterly, as well as
annual, estimates. Information is provided on the use of illicit
drugs, alcohol, and tobacco among members of United States households
aged 12 and older. Questions include age at first use as well as
lifetime, annual, and past-month usage for the following drug classes:
marijuana, cocaine (and crack), hallucinogens, heroin, inhalants,
alcohol, tobacco, and nonmedical use of prescription drugs, including
psychotherapeutics. Respondents were also asked about personal and
family income sources and amounts, substance abuse treatment history,
illegal activities, problems resulting from the use of drugs, need for
treatment for drug or alcohol use, criminal record, and
needle-sharing. Questions on mental health and access to care, which
were introduced in the 1994-B questionnaire (see NATIONAL HOUSEHOLD
SURVEY ON DRUG ABUSE, 1994), were retained in this
administration of the survey. Also retained was the section on
risk/availability of drugs that was reintroduced in 1996, and sections
on driving behavior and personal behavior were added (see NATIONAL
questionnaire (NATIONAL HOUSEHOLD SURVEY ON DRUG ABUSE, 1997) introduced new items that the 1998 NHSDA continued on cigar
smoking, people who were present when respondents used marijuana or
cocaine for the first time (if applicable), reasons for using these
two drugs the first time, reasons for using these two drugs in the
past year, reasons for discontinuing use of these two drugs (for
lifetime but not past-year users), and reasons respondents never used
these two drugs. Both the 1997 and 1998 NHSDAs had a series of
questions that were asked only of respondents aged 12 to 17. These
items covered a variety of topics that may be associated with
substance use and related behaviors, such as exposure to substance
abuse prevention and education programs, gang involvement,
relationship with parents, and substance use by friends. Demographic
data include gender, race, age, ethnicity, marital status, educational
level, job status, income level, veteran status, and current household
composition.This study has 1 Data Set.

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Contact Name
Brooklyn Lupari, SAMHSA/CBHSQ c/o SAMHDA Support
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Public Access Level
Bureau Code
009:30 - Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
Program Code
009:030 - Department of Health and Human Services - Birth Defects, Developmental Disabilities, Disabilities and Health
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