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Complete Indicator Profile of Reported Illicit Drug Use


Individuals aged 12 years and older reporting any illicit drug use in the past 30 days. NSDUH defines illicit drugs as marijuana, hashish, cocaine (including crack), heroin, hallucinogens, inhalants, or prescription-type psychotherapeutics used for non-medical purposes.


Respondents aged 12 and over who indicated that they had used illicit drugs in the previous thirty days


Number of surveyed individuals aged 12 years or older

Data Interpretation Issues

SAMHSA generated state estimates based on a survey-weighted hierarchical Bayes estimation approach, and 95 percent confidence intervals were generated by Markov Chain Monte Carlo techniques. Due to small sample sizes, NSDUH data is only available at the state level for North Carolina.

Why Is This Important?

"Illicit drugs include marijuana/hashish, cocaine (including crack), heroin, hallucinogens, inhalants, or prescription-type psychotherapeutics used for nonmedical purposes. Because addiction is a disease that often begins in childhood and adolescence, it is particularly important to prevent and to reduce use among youth." - North Carolina Institute of Medicine. Healthy North Carolina 2020: A Better State of Health.

Other Objectives

Healthy North Carolina 2020

Graphical Data Views

Individuals Reporting Any Illicit Drug Use in the Past 30 Days North Carolina vs. HNC 2020 Target, 2008-2011

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North Carolina vs. HNC2020 Year Percentage of Persons Aged 12 Years and Older Lower Limit Upper Limit
North Carolina 2008 7.8% 6.5% 9.2%
North Carolina 2009 8.2% 6.9% 9.6%
North Carolina 2010 8.9% 7.5% 10.5%
North Carolina 2011 8.9% 7.5% 10.4%
HNC 2020 Target 2008 6.6%
HNC 2020 Target 2009 6.6%
HNC 2020 Target 2010 6.6%
HNC 2020 Target 2011 6.6%

Data Notes

This measure is based on data from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH). Sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), NSDUH is an ongoing survey of the civilian, non-institutionalized population of the United States aged 12 years or older. NSDUH is the primary source of information on the prevalence, patterns, and consequences of drug and alcohol use and abuse and for selected mental health measures in the general U.S. civilian non institutionalized population, age 12 and older. NSDUH data are collected via face-to-face interviews with respondents.  The HNC 2020 target, which is the target to be reached by 2020, is repeated in the data table for graphing purposes.

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