Summary of Findings and Tables from the 2000 National Household Survey on Drug Abuse
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This report presents information from the 2000 National Household Survey on Drug Abuse (NHSDA) on rates of use, numbers of users, and other measures related to illicit drugs, alcohol, cigarettes, and other forms of tobacco. The NHSDA is an annual survey of the civilian noninstitutionalized population of the United States, 12 years old or older. In 1999, the NHSDA underwent a major redesign. The method of data collection was changed from a paper questionnaire administration to a computer-assisted administration. In addition, the sample design was changed from a strictly national design to a state-based sampling plan. These important changes to the NHSDA have a major impact on the data that are produced from the survey. The expanded sample makes it possible to produce, each year, substance use prevalence estimates for every state and the District of Columbia. It also allows more detailed analyses of national patterns of use. However, because of the differences in methodology and impact of the new design on data collection, only limited comparisons can be made between data from the redesigned surveys (1999 onward) and data obtained from surveys prior to 1999. Therefore, this report addresses primarily the changes in rates of use between 1999 and 2000 and the differences in patterns of use among various demographic and geographic subgroups of the U.S. population.
Last updated: 10/15/2013