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2007 National Healthcare Quality & Disparities Reports

Data Sources—Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

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National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH)

Sponsor

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Office of Applied Studies.

Mode of Administration

Computer-assisted personal interviews and audio computer-assisted self-interviews.

Survey Sample Design

NSDUH uses a multistage area probability sample for each of the 50 States and the District of Columbia. The sample is stratified on multiple levels, beginning with States. Eight States are considered large sample States and contribute approximately 3,600 respondents per State. The remaining States are sampled to yield 900 respondents per State. The second level of stratification divides States into Field Interviewer regions. The third level of stratification divides the Field Interviewer regions into area segments of adjacent census blocks, which are used as the primary sampling units.

Description

The National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), formerly called the National Household Survey on Drug Abuse (NHSDA), reports on the prevalence, patterns, and consequences of drug and alcohol use and abuse in the general U.S. civilian noninstitutionalized population age 12 and over. Data are collected on the use of illicit drugs, the nonmedical use of legal drugs, and use of alcohol and tobacco products. The survey is conducted annually and is designed to produce drug and alcohol use incidence and prevalence estimates. Data are also collected periodically on special topics of interest, such as serious psychological distress, criminal behavior, treatment, mental health issues, and attitudes about drugs.

Primary Survey Content

Patient demographics, age at first use, lifetime, annual, and past-month usage for the following drug classes: marijuana, cocaine/crack, hallucinogens, heroin, inhalants, alcohol, tobacco, and nonmedical use of prescription drugs.

Population Targeted

U.S. civilian noninstitutionalized population age 12 and over.

Demographic Data

Age, sex, ethnicity, marital status, educational level, employment status, veteran status, current household composition.

Years Collected

Since 1979.

Schedule

Annual.

Geographic Estimates

National, States.

Notes

Prior to 2002, this survey was known as the National Household Survey on Drug Abuse. Administration and methods for this series changed in 2002; therefore, the data from 2002 and later may not be comparable with data collected in earlier years.

Contact Information

Agency home page: http://www.samhsa.gov.

Data source home page: http://oas.samhsa.gov/nsduh.htm.

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Substance Abuse Treatment Episode Data Set (TEDS)

Sponsor

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Office of Applied Studies.

Mode of Administration

TEDS consolidates data from State administrative systems collecting information about admissions to facilities treating alcohol and drug abuse.

Description

TEDS includes data on the demographic and substance abuse characteristics of admissions to facilities that are licensed or certified by State substance abuse agencies to provide substance abuse treatment. TEDS comprises data that are routinely collected by States as they monitor their substance abuse treatment systems. Facilities reporting to TEDS are generally those that receive State substance abuse treatment funds, including Federal Block Grant funds. The scope of facilities included in TEDS may differ from State to State due to differences in State systems of licensure, certification, accreditation, and fund disbursement. Private for-profit facilities, hospitals, and State correctional facilities may be excluded from TEDS if not licensed through the State substance abuse agency. TEDS does not include data from facilities operated by Federal agencies.

Primary Survey Content

Patient demographics, primary and secondary substance.

Population Targeted

Admissions to substance abuse treatment facilities.

Demographic Data

Age, sex, ethnicity, race.

Years Collected

Since 1992.

Schedule

Annual, updated quarterly.

Geographic Estimates

National, States.

Contact Information

Agency home page: http://www.samhsa.gov.

Data system home page: http://www.oas.samhsa.gov/2k2/TEDS/TEDS.htm.

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