Illicit Drug Use Among Construction Workers (2000 and 2001) 

These data on past month illicit drug use among construction workers are from SAMHSA's  National Household Survey on Drug Abuse (NHSDA), conducted by the Office of Applied Studies (OAS) in the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).  SAMHSA's National Household Survey on Drug Abuse (NHSDA) is the primary source of information on the prevalence, patterns, and consequences of drug and alcohol use and abuse in the general U.S. civilian non institutionalized population, age 12 and older.  Because of the small number of female construction workers, data only on male construction workers are presented below.

Illicit Drug Use in Past Month Reported by Male Construction Workers 

All OAS reports on substance use and mental health among workers

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Table 1A Totals: Estimated Numbers (in Thousands) and Percent of Past Month Users of Illicit Drugs Among Males Aged 18 or Older Who Reported "Construction" as Their Occupation: Annual Averages Based on 2000 and 2001 NHSDAs

 

AGE GROUP

 

Total (18 or Older)

Past Month Use of Substance

Estimated Number

Standard Error

Percent

Standard Error

Any Illicit Drug1

785

58

13.2

0.97

Marijuana and Hashish

653

52

10.9

0.87

Cocaine

111

23

1.9

0.38

Crack

11

8

0.2

0.13

Heroin

13

8

0.2

0.13

Hallucinogens

33

6

0.5

0.11

Inhalants

8

3

0.1

0.05

Nonmedical Use of Any

Psychotherapeutic2

148

26

2.5

0.44

Pain Relievers

127

25

2.1

0.42

Tranquilizers

52

19

0.9

0.31

Stimulants

38

17

0.6

0.28

Sedatives

19

13

0.3

0.21

Any Illicit Drug

Other Than Marijuana1

253

32

4.2

0.54

Alcohol

3,782

83

63.3

1.39

"Binge" Alcohol Use3

2,580

88

43.2

1.48

Heavy Alcohol Use3

876

56

14.7

0.94

Footnotes

 

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Table 1A Age Groups: Estimated Numbers (in Thousands) of Past Month Users of Illicit Drugs Among Males Aged 18 or Older Who Reported "Construction" as Their Occupation: Annual Averages Based on 2000 and 2001 NHSDAs

   
 

18 - 24

25 or Older

Past Month Use of Substance

Estimated Number

Standard Error

Estimated Number

Standard Error

Any Illicit Drug1

203

14

582

57

Marijuana and Hashish

179

13

474

50

Cocaine

25

5

86

23

Crack

3

2

8

8

Heroin

3

1

10

8

Hallucinogens

27

6

6

3

Inhalants

8

3

1

1

Nonmedical Use of Any

Psychotherapeutic2

47

7

102

25

Pain Relievers

39

6

88

25

Tranquilizers

10

3

42

18

Stimulants

8

3

30

17

Sedatives

2

1

17

13

Any Illicit Drug

Other Than Marijuana1

79

9

173

32

Alcohol

585

15

3,197

81

"Binge" Alcohol Use3

472

16

2,108

87

Heavy Alcohol Use3

194

13

681

53

Footnotes

 

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Table 1B Age Groups: Percentages of Past Month Users of Illicit Drugs Among Males Aged 18 or Older Who Reported "Construction" as Their Occupation: Annual Averages Based on 2000 and 2001 NHSDAs

   
 

18 - 24

25 or Older

Past Month Use of Substance

Percentage

Standard Error

Percentage

Standard Error

Any Illicit Drug1

23.4

1.59

11.4

1.12

Marijuana and Hashish

20.6

1.54

9.3

0.98

Cocaine

2.9

0.59

1.7

0.45

Crack

0.4

0.18

0.2

0.15

Heroin

0.3

0.15

0.2

0.15

Hallucinogens

3.1

0.63

0.1

0.06

Inhalants

0.9

0.34

0.0

0.01

Nonmedical Use of Any

Psychotherapeutic2

5.4

0.82

2.0

0.50

Pain Relievers

4.5

0.72

1.7

0.48

Tranquilizers

1.2

0.35

0.8

0.36

Stimulants

0.9

0.38

0.6

0.33

Sedatives

0.2

0.14

0.3

0.25

Any Illicit Drug

Other Than Marijuana1

9.1

1.03

3.4

0.62

Alcohol

67.3

1.77

62.6

1.59

"Binge" Alcohol Use3

54.3

1.89

41.3

1.70

Heavy Alcohol Use3

22.4

1.54

13.4

1.05

Footnotes:

 

*Low precision; no estimate reported.

1 Any Illicit Drug includes marijuana/hashish, cocaine (including crack), heroin, hallucinogens, inhalants, or any prescription-type psychotherapeutic used nonmedically. Any Illicit Drug Other Than Marijuana includes cocaine (including crack), heroin, hallucinogens, inhalants, or any prescription-type psychotherapeutic used nonmedically.

2 Nonmedical use of any prescription-type pain reliever, tranquilizer, stimulant, or sedative; does not include over-the-counter drugs.

3 "Binge" Alcohol Use is defined as drinking five or more drinks on the same occasion on at least 1 day in the past 30 days. By "occasion" is meant at the same time or within a couple hours of each other. Heavy Alcohol Use is defined as drinking five or more drinks on the same occasion on each of 5 or more days in the past 30 days; all Heavy Alcohol Users are also "Binge" Alcohol Users.

Source: SAMHSA, Office of Applied Studies, National Household Survey on Drug Abuse, 2000 and 2001.

 

This page was last updated on January 16, 2009.