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Indicator Report - Reported Illicit Drug Use

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.

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

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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.


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.

How We Calculated the Rates

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

Page Content Updated On 02/12/2013, Published on 02/12/2013
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