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Important Facts for Reported Illicit Drug Use

Definition

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.

Numerator

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

Denominator

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

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