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State of Alaska

National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH)

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), U.S. Department of Health and Social Services
The National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) series (formerly titled National Household Survey on Drug Abuse) is a major source of statistical information on the use of illicit drugs, alcohol, and tobacco and on mental health issues among members of the U.S. civilian, non-institutional population aged 12 or older. The survey tracks trends in specific substance use and mental illness measures and assesses the consequences of these conditions by examining mental and/or substance use disorders and treatment for these disorders. Examples of uses of NSDUH data include the identification of groups at high risk for initiation of substance use and issues among those with co-occurring substance use disorders and mental illness.
Audio computer-assisted self-interviewing (ACASI) surveys
Research and planning by various state, local and private organizations.
Civilian, noninstitutionalized population aged 12 or older selected by address
Data are available for major race categories and ethniticy at the national level only.
Age (12+, 12-17, 18+, 18-25, and 26+), sex, and geography of (12+) residents of households and noninstitutional group quarters (e.g., shelters, rooming houses, dormitories) and from civilians living on military bases. The survey excludes homeless persons who do not use shelters, military personnel on active duty, and residents of institutional group quarters, such as jails and hospitals.
Demographic (age, sex, race/ethnicity); state, region, and national; and socioeconomic (education, employment) groupings possible.
State, sub-state (e.g., nonmetropolitan, small metropolitan, and large metropolitan areas), regional, and national summaries
State data annually since 1999.
Since 1971, the survey collects data through face-to-face interviews with a representative sample of the population at the respondent's place of residence. NSDUH employs a State-based design with an independent, multistage area probability sample within each State and the District of Columbia.
Voluntary participation.
Summarized data are published in both single year and two-year estimates at the state-level. National data are published annually.
Current data on drug use and mental health indicators for individuals 12+
Alaska's annual sample size is 960 respondents, with the allocation of 25% for adolescents aged 12 to 17, 25% for adults aged 18 to 25, and 50% for adults aged 26 or older. Trend analysis using NSDUH data is limited to 2002 to present, even though the survey has been conducted since 1971. Because of the change in interviewing method in 1999, the estimates from the pre-1999 surveys are not comparable with estimates from the current CAI-based surveys. Although the design of the 2002 through 2012 NSDUHs is similar to the design of the 1999 through 2001 surveys, methodological differences affect the comparability of the 2002 to 2013 estimates with estimates from prior surveys. The most important change was the addition of a $30 incentive in 2002. Also, the name of the survey was changed in 2002, from the National Household Survey on Drug Abuse (NHSDA) to the current name. Improved data collection quality control procedures were introduced in the survey starting in 2001, and updated population data from the 2000 decennial census were incorporated into the sample weights starting with the 2002 estimates. Analyses of the effects of these factors on NSDUH estimates have shown that 2002 and later data should not be compared with 2001 and earlier data from the survey series to assess changes over time.
The Data Portal will offer confidential datasets that require SAMHSA approval for access to protect identifiable data from disclosure. The Data Portal grants access to the full restricted use file (RUF) for each year for the available datasets, including NSDUH, DAWN, medical examiner files, and clinical adult interviews. Expected to reopen in summer 2017.
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

877-SAMHSA-7 (877-726-4727)
800-487-4889 (TDD)
Telephone Hotlines: (All hotline numbers are toll-free.)
SAMHSA's National Helpline
1-800-662-HELP (4357)
TTY: 1-800-487-4889
Suicide Prevention Lifeline
1-800-273-TALK (8255)
TTY: 1-800-799-4889
Disaster Distress Helpline
1-800-985-5990
TTY: 1-800-846-8517
Text TalkWithUs to 66746
Drug-Free Workplace Helpline
1-800-WORKPLACE (967-5752)
SAMHSA Webmaster
National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH)
5600 Fishers Lane
Rockville, MD 20857

The information provided above is from the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services' Center for Health Data and Statistics, Alaska Indicator-Based Information System for Public Health (Ak-IBIS) web site (http://ibis.dhss.alaska.gov). The information published on this website may be reproduced without permission. Please use the following citation: " Retrieved Wed, 19 September 2018 from Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, Center for Health Data and Statistics, Alaska Indicator-Based Information System for Public Health web site: http://ibis.dhss.alaska.gov ".

Content updated: Tue, 23 May 2017 16:20:52 AKDT
The information provided above is from the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services' Center for Health Data and Statistics AK-IBIS web site (http://ibis.dhss.alaska.gov/). The information published on this website may be reproduced without permission. Please use the following citation: " Retrieved Wed, 19 September 2018 18:59:43 from Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, Center for Health Data and Statistics, Indicator-Based Information System for Public Health Web site: http://ibis.dhss.alaska.gov/ ".

Content updated: Tue, 23 May 2017 16:20:52 AKDT