1996 National Household Survey on Drug Abuse:  Preliminary Results

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70617 (78B)              PRELIMINARY DATA - AS OF JUNE 1997 

Table 38B.Percentages Reporting Lifetime Use of Specific Hallucinogens, Inhalants, Methamphetamine, Needles, and Heroin by Smoking or Sniffing/Snorting It in the U.S. Population Aged 12 and Older, by Age Group: 1995 and 1996

Drug or Method of Administration

AGE GROUP (Years)


12-17

18-25

26-34

35 and Older

Total

1995

1996

1995

1996

1995

1996

1995

1996

1995

1996












Hallucinogens

5.4

5.6

14.1a

16.3

15.2

15.4

7.6

7.3

9.5

9.7

PCP

1.6

1.2

3.0

2.3

4.6

4.2

3.1

3.4

3.2

3.2

LSD

4.3

4.3

12.0a

13.9

11.7

11.7

5.8

5.8

7.5

7.7

Peyote

0.5

0.4

1.0

1.5

2.0a

1.3

2.5

2.4

2.0

1.9

Mescaline

0.4

0.3

1.8

2.2

3.6

3.1

3.9

3.4

3.2

2.8

Psilocybin (Mushrooms)

1.7

2.0

6.7b

9.1

8.3

8.6

4.2

4.2

4.9

5.3

"Ecstasy" (MDMA)

1.2

1.1

3.5

4.2

2.8

2.5

1.0

0.7

1.6

1.5

Inhalants

7.4

5.9

11.2

10.8

8.7

8.3

3.3

3.6

5.7

5.6

Amyl Nitrite, "Poppers," Locker Room Odorizers, or "Rush"

0.6

0.6

3.0

2.3

5.2

4.7

2.1

2.3

2.6

2.5

Correction Fluid, Degreaser, or Cleaning Fluid

1.6

1.8

1.7

1.0

0.4

0.5

0.4

0.1

0.7

0.5

Gasoline or Lighter

Fluid

3.1b

1.9

2.4

2.4

1.4

0.9

0.3

0.2

1.1a

0.8

Glue, Shoe Polish, or Toluene

2.9

2.2

2.5

1.8

1.6

1.1

0.6

0.5

1.3b

0.9

Halothane, Ether, or Other Anesthetics

0.4

0.2

0.5

0.4

0.3

0.3

0.3

0.1

0.3

0.2

Lacquer Thinner or Other Paint Solvents

1.8

1.4

0.9

1.1

0.5

0.4

0.1

0.1

0.5

0.4

Lighter Gases (Butane, Propane)

1.5a

0.9

1.0

1.0

0.3

0.3

0.0

0.0

0.3

0.3

Nitrous Oxide or "Whippets"

1.4

1.8

6.2

7.2

3.2

4.0

1.2

1.0

2.2

2.4

Spray Paints

2.1

1.4

0.9

1.0

0.5

0.7

0.2

0.2

0.5

0.5

Other Aerosol Sprays

1.5

1.4

1.1

1.0

0.3

0.5

0.2

0.1

0.5

0.4

Methamphetamine

0.8

0.6

1.9a

2.5

3.8

4.2

2.1

2.0

2.2

2.3

Needle Use1,2

0.4

0.3

0.7

1.0

2.1

1.7

1.4

1.2

1.3

1.2

Heroin

0.7

0.5

0.7

1.3

1.5

1.3

1.2

1.2

1.2

1.1

Smoke Heroin2

0.5

0.4

0.5

0.6

0.7

0.8

0.7

0.9

0.7

0.8

Sniff or Snort Heroin2

0.3

0.2

0.5

0.8

0.9

0.9

0.7

1.0

0.6

0.9

*Low precision; no estimate reported.

1 Refers to lifetime use of a needle to inject a drug that was not prescribed, or that was taken only for the experience or feeling it caused.

2 These drug estimates are generated from data collected on a "non-core" section of the NHSDA questionnaire. Therefore, these estimates may be somewhat inconsistent with drug estimates based on data

collected from the "core" answer sheets because NHSDA data are not edited for consistency across the "core" and" non-core" sections of the interview.

aDifference between 1995 and 1996 is statistically significant at the .05 level.

bDifference between 1995 and 1996 is statistically significant at the .01 level.

Source: SAMHSA, Office of Applied Studies, National Household Survey on Drug Abuse, 1995 and 1996.

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