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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 Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH-2015)

The National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) series (formerly titled National Household Survey on Drug Abuse) primarily 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 included 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 pain relievers, tranquilizers, stimulants, and sedatives. The survey covered substance abuse treatment
history and perceived need for treatment, and included questions from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM) of Mental Disorders that allow diagnostic
criteria to be applied. The survey included questions concerning treatment for both substance abuse and mental health-related disorders. Respondents were
also asked about personal and family income sources and amounts, health care access and coverage, illegal activities and arrest record, problems resulting
from the use of drugs, and needle-sharing. Questions introduced in previous administrations were retained in the 2015 survey, including questions asked
only of respondents aged 12 to 17. These "youth experiences" items covered a variety of topics, such as neighborhood environment, illegal activities, drug
use by friends, social support, extracurricular activities, exposure to substance abuse prevention and education programs, and perceived adult attitudes
toward drug use and activities such as school work. Several measures focused on prevention-related themes in this section. Also retained were questions on
mental health and access to care, perceived risk of using drugs, perceived availability of drugs, driving and personal behavior, and cigar smoking.
Questions on the tobacco brand used most often were introduced with the 1999 survey. For the 2008 survey, adult mental health questions were added to
measure symptoms of psychological distress in the worst period of distress that a person experienced in the past 30 days and suicidal ideation. In 2008, a
split-sample design also was included to administer separate sets of questions (WHODAS vs. SDS) to assess impairment due to mental health problems.
Beginning with the 2009 NSDUH, however, all of the adults in the sample received only the WHODAS questions. Background information includes gender, race,
age, ethnicity, marital status, educational level, job status, veteran status, and current household composition.This study has 1 Data Set.

FieldValue
Publisher
Bureau Code
009:30 - Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
Modified
2016-05-23
Release Date
2016-05-23
Identifier
https://datafiles.samhsa.gov/study/national-survey-drug-use-and-health-nsduh-2015-nid16893
License
Contact Name
Brooklyn Lupari, SAMHSA/CBHSQ c/o SAMHDA Support
Contact Email
Public Access Level
Public
Program Code
009:030 - Department of Health and Human Services - Birth Defects, Developmental Disabilities, Disabilities and Health
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