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Utah Has Lowest Illicit Drug Use Rate, Alaska Has Highest

Utah has the lowest rate of past-month illicit drug use as well as the lowest rate for binge drinking in the Nation, according to a new report based on SAMHSA’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH). Alaska has the highest rate of illegal drug use, while North Dakota has the highest rate for binge drinking. The Agency’s Office of Applied Studies conducts the annual survey.

The report, State Estimates of Substance Use from the 2002–2003 National Surveys on Drug Use and Health, estimates state rates of illegal drug use, binge drinking, serious mental illness, and tobacco use by persons age 12 and older.

Marijuana

Tennessee had the lowest rate (7.4 percent) for marijuana use in the past year, while Alaska had the highest rate (16.7 percent). These rates compare to the national rate of 10.8 percent for marijuana use in the past year. For current use—that is, use in the past month—Utah had the lowest rate (4.0 percent), and New Hampshire had the highest rate (10.2 percent). The national current use rate for marijuana was 6.2 percent.

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Other Illicit Drugs

Estimates of past-month use of any illicit drug ranged from a low of 6.3 percent in Utah to a high of 12.0 percent in Alaska for all persons age 12 and older. Any illicit drug use includes marijuana/hashish, cocaine (including crack), heroin, hallucinogens, inhalants, or any prescription-type psychotherapeutic used non-medically. Colorado, the District of Columbia, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Oregon, Rhode Island, and Vermont also displayed high rates of past-month illicit drug use. The 10 states with the lowest rates of past-month illegal drug use, including Utah, were Alabama, Iowa, Kansas, Mississippi, New Jersey, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, and West Virginia.

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Binge Alcohol

Utah had the lowest rate (15.9 percent) in the Nation for binge alcohol use in the past month. Binge alcohol use is defined as drinking five or more drinks on the same occasion on at least 1 day in the 30 days prior to the survey. North Dakota had the highest rate (31.4 percent). Colorado, Iowa, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, Rhode Island, South Dakota, and Wisconsin also had high rates of binge drinking. The 10 states with the lowest rates of binge drinking, including Utah, were Alabama, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia.

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Substance Dependence and Abuse

Tennessee had the lowest rate (6.0 percent) of past-year alcohol dependence or abuse, and North Dakota had the highest (10.8 percent). Alabama, Kentucky, Mississippi, and New Jersey had low rates (6.5 percent or less). Kansas and Iowa had the lowest rate of past-year illicit drug dependence or abuse (each with 2.5 percent). Massachusetts, New Mexico, Rhode Island, and Vermont also had high rates of illicit drug dependence or abuse in the past year, while Alabama, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Texas, Wisconsin, and Wyoming had low rates.

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Serious Mental Illness

NSDUH estimated serious mental illness for persons age 18 and older. Rhode Island had the highest rate (11.0 percent) in the Nation, and Hawaii had the lowest rate (7.2 percent).

The report is available from SAMHSA’s National Clearinghouse for Alcohol and Drug Information, P.O. Box 2345, Rockville, MD 20847-2345. Telephone: 1 (800) 729-6686 (English and Spanish) or 1 (800) 487-4889 (TDD). The report is available on SAMHSA’s Web site at www.oas.samhsa.gov.

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Percentages Reporting Past-Month Use of Any Illicit Drug Among People Age 12 or Older, by State: 2002 and 2003

Percentages Reporting Past-Month Use of Any Illicit Drug Among People Age 12 or Older, by State: 2002 and 2003  - Click to view text only versiond
Source: SAMHSA, Office of Applied Studies, National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 2002 and 2003. End of Article

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