This week, the Substance
Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration of the US Dept. of Health
and Human Services released results from the 2001 National Household Survey
on Drug Abuse. The NHSDA like all such surveys is fraught with uncertainties,
making its accuracy and value unclear. Nevertheless the results may
be interesting. DRCNet will publish an article next week discussing
the survey and its latest findings with experts. In the meantime,
we present some "highlights" from the 2001 findings, extracted by Richard
Glen Boire of the Center for Cognitive Liberty and Ethics (http://www.alchemind.org):
Read more about current and
past NHSDA findings at http://www.samhsa.gov/oas/nhsda.htm#NHSDAinfo
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In 2001 15.9 million Americans
age 12 and older used an illicit drug in the month immediately prior to
the survey interview. This represents an estimated 7.1 percent of
the population in 2001, compared to an estimated 6.3 percent the previous
1.9 million persons used Ecstasy
(MDMA) for the first time last year, and an estimated 8.1 million persons
have tried MDMA at least once in their lifetime.
1.3 million (0.6 percent) of
the population aged 12 or older were current users of "hallucinogens,"
meaning that they had used LSD, PCP, peyote, mescaline, mushrooms
or MDMA (Ecstasy) during the month prior to the interview.
Marijuana remains the most commonly
used illicit drug.
Most drug users were employed.
Of the 13.4 million illicit drug users aged 18 or older in 2001, 10.2 million
(76.4 percent) were employed either full or part time.
An estimated 66.5 million Americans
12 years or older reported current use of a tobacco product in 2001.
This number represents 29.5 percent of the population.
Almost half of Americans aged
12 or older reported being current drinkers of alcohol in the 2001 survey
(48.3 percent). This translates to an estimated 109 million people.
Issue #253, 9/6/02
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