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SAMHSA News - January/February 2005, Volume 13, Number 1

SAMHSA "Short Reports" on Statistics

SAMHSA's Office of Applied Studies (OAS) recently released several "short reports," which are based on statistics and data from the Treatment Episode Data Set (TEDS) and the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH). For print copies of short reports described below, contact SAMHSA's National Clearinghouse for Alcohol and Drug Information at 1 (800)
729-6686. For Web versions in HTML and PDF formats, visit www.oas.samhsa.gov or use the URLs provided.

Young People and DUI

Recent data from the 2002 and 2003 NSDUH show that more than 4 million young people age 16 to 20 drove under the influence (DUI) of either alcohol or drugs in the past year. Motor vehicle crashes were the leading cause of death among this age group in 2002. In that year, 6,327 young people were involved in fatal crashes.
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Smoked Methamphetamine/ Amphetamine

In 2002, according to TEDS, 50 percent of primary methamphetamine/ amphetamine admissions reported smoking the drug, up sharply from 12 percent in 1992. Also, the proportion of smoked methamphetamine/ amphetamine admissions age 30 and older increased from 34 percent in 1992 to 47 percent in 2002.
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Daily Marijuana Users and Unemployment

In 2003, an estimated 3.1 million persons age 12 and older used marijuana daily (i.e., on 300 or more days) in the past year according to NSDUH data. Daily marijuana users were more likely to be unemployed compared with those who used it less than daily and those who did not use it at all in the past year. Nearly two-thirds of daily marijuana users also reported using at least one other illicit drug in the past 12 months.
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Prescription and OTC Drugs

Prescription and over-the-counter (OTC) drugs were the primary substances of abuse for 4 percent of the 1.9 million treatment admissions reported to TEDS in 2002. Of the more than 78,000 admissions for primary prescription or OTC drug abuse, 55 percent were for prescription narcotics, 28 percent for prescription stimulants, 10 percent for tranquilizers, 6 percent for sedatives, and less than 1 percent for OTC medications.
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Alcohol Dependence/Abuse and Age at First Use

NSDUH data show that individuals who first used alcohol before age 15 were more than five times as likely to report past-year alcohol dependence or abuse than persons who first used alcohol at age 21 and older. Among the 14 million adults age 21 and older who were classified as having past-year alcohol dependence or abuse, over 13 million (95 percent) had started using alcohol
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Risk Factors for American Indians, Alaska Natives

NSDUH data show that American Indian and Alaska Native youth were more likely than youth in other racial/ethnic groups to perceive moderate to no risk associated with substance use. Also, a larger percentage of American Indian and Alaska Native youth did not perceive strong parental disapproval of substance use. They were more likely to believe that all or most of the students in their school get drunk at least once a week.
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Data on substance abuse treatment admissions from TEDS show that between 1992 and 2002, inhalation increased as the route of administration from 20 to 33 percent of primary heroin admissions, while injection decreased from 77 to 62 percent. www.oas.samhsa.gov/
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