Drug Use by Type of Drug and Age Group

Added By Infochimps

The Statistical Abstract files are distributed by the US Census Department as Microsoft Excel files. These files have data mixed with notes and references, multiple tables per sheet, and, worst of all, the table headers are not easily matched to their rows and columns.

A few files had extraneous characters in the title. These were corrected to be consistent. A few files have a sheet of crufty gibberish in the first slot. The sheet order was shuffled but no data were changed.

The tables that were changed (this is table 195):

0166 0257 0362 0429 0445 0446 0459 0461 0462 0464 0465 0466 0467
0469 0479 0480 0481 0482 0483 0484 0485 0486 0487 0559 0628 0629
1144 1227 1231

This dataset consists of a table of 148 rows and 5 columns.

In percent. Data comes from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH). Current users are those who used drugs at least once within month prior to this study. Based on a representative sample of the U.S. population age 12 and older, including persons living in households and in some group quarters such as dormitories and homeless shelters. Estimates are based on computer-assisted interviews of about 68,000 respondents. Subject to sampling variability; see source


  1. Illicit drugs include marijuana/hashish, cocaine (including crack), heroin,
    hallucinogens, inhalants, or prescription-type psychotherapeutics used nonmedically.
  2. Nonmedical use of prescription-type psychotherapeutics includes the nonmedical use of pain relievers,
    tranquilizers, stimulants, or sedatives and does not include over-the-counter drugs.
  3. Binge Alcohol Use is defined as drinking five or more drinks
    on the same occasion (i.e., at the same time or within a couple
    of hours of each other) on at least 1 day in the past 30 days.
    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.


Public Domain (Government Work)

This dataset was prepared by the government and is therefore in the public domain. There are no restrictions upon its use.