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This report presents State estimates for 22 measures of substance use and mental health problems based on the 2007 and 2008 National Surveys on Drug Use and Health (NSDUHs). Sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), NSDUH is an ongoing survey of the civilian, noninstitutionalized population of the United States aged 12 years or older. Interview data from 136,606 persons were collected in 2007-2008 (see Table A.9 in Appendix A). Separate estimates have been produced for four age groups: 12 to 17, 18 to 25, 26 or older, and all persons 12 or older (estimates for past year major depressive episode [MDE] are available only for youths aged 12 to 17). Also in this report are estimates for persons aged 12 to 20 for two of the measures—past month alcohol use and binge alcohol use. Although estimates for persons 18 or older are not a part of this report, they are available at http://www.samhsa.gov/data/states.htm. For each measure, States have been ranked and categorized into quintiles, or fifths, in order to simplify the discussion. Estimates presented in this report are based on a hierarchical Bayes estimation method that combines survey data with a national model. Note that these estimates are benchmarked to the national design-based estimates (for details, see Section A.5 in Appendix A).

In addition to presenting State estimates for 2007-2008, Chapters 2 to 6 of this report provide comparisons of the 2006-2007 estimates with the 2007-2008 estimates and indicate whether the differences between the two are statistically significant for all measures. Increases or decreases are discussed only if they are statistically significant at the 0.05 level. A separate chapter (Chapter 7) comparing estimates between 2002-2003 and 2007-2008 for a select set of outcomes also is included in this report.

Illicit Drug Use

Alcohol Use

Tobacco Use

Substance Dependence, Abuse, and Treatment Need

Youth Depression

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