Monday, November 24, 2014

2013 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) Public-use Data File Released

The public-use data and documentation files for the 2013 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) are now available for download, online analysis, and quick tables. The 2013 NSDUH report and detailed tables, presenting national estimates from the 2013 NSDUH, are also available. more...

The 2013 NSDUH public-use data file contains new variables related to:

  • Military status. Respondents were asked about service in a Reserve component of the military and about military veteran status. Respondents who had previously been in the U.S. Armed Forces were asked three additional questions about whether they had ever been on active duty; the period in which they served in active duty; and whether they served in a military combat zone or an area where they drew imminent danger pay or hostile fire pay.

  • Marijuana usage. Respondents indicating past year marijuana use were asked whether any or all of their past year marijuana use was recommended by a doctor or other health care professional. A variable is also available to indicate whether respondents were living in a State in which a law allowing use of marijuana for medical reasons was in effect at the time of the interview.

  • Height and weight. Respondents were asked about height and weight, which was used to create a new recoded BMI variable.

  • Screening questions during health care visits. Respondents were asked about screening for tobacco, alcohol, or other drug use as part of their health care visits in the past 12 months and about discussions respondents had with health care professionals about their tobacco, alcohol, or other drug use as part of their health care visits.

  • Geography. A geographic variable identifying respondents residing in American Indian areas (AIAs) is available for the first time in the NSDUH public-use file.

The Changes for 2013 section of the codebook contains additional information on these new variables. Updates to variables previously available in the NSDUH public-use file are also described.

The 1979, 1982, 1985, 1988, and 1990 through 2013 NSDUH public-use data files are available on the SAMHDA website. The NSDUH is the primary source of national and state-level estimates on the prevalence, patterns, and consequences of alcohol, tobacco, and illegal drug use and abuse in the general U.S. civilian non-institutionalized population. The survey is also a source of national estimates on mental health measures such as SMI, depression, and treatment. NSDUH data are collected annually through nationally representative interviews with approximately 70,000 randomly selected individuals aged 12 and older.

The 2013 NSDUH restricted-use data is planned for release via the R-DAS and Data Portal early next year.

Access the 2013 NSDUH study
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Access previous years of the NSDUH

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

SAMHDA to exhibit at American Public Health Association (APHA) conference - November 16-19, 2014

SAMHDA will exhibit at the 142nd annual meeting and exposition of the American Public Health Association (APHA) at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, Hall B/C in New Orleans, LA on November 16-19, 2014. The APHA Annual Meeting & Exposition is one of the largest conventions of public health professionals, attracting more than 13,000 national and international physicians, administrators, nurses, educators, researchers, epidemiologists, and related health specialists.

The SAMHDA exhibit will be at booth #1703 in the exhibit hall. Demonstrations of SAMHDA's website, data, and online analysis tools, including the Restricted-use Data Analysis System (R-DAS), will be conducted throughout the conference.

The exhibit hall will be open:

Date Show Hours
Sunday 11/16/14 2:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Monday 11/17/14 9:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Tuesday 11/18/14 9:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Wednesday 11/19/14 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Friday, October 17, 2014

R-DAS will be unavailable on 10/18/14 beginning at 10:00 p.m.

ICPSR will perform maintenance on the Web server on 10/18/14 beginning at 10:00 p.m. During this maintenance, the Restricted-use Data Analysis System (R-DAS) will be unavailable. All other features of the SAMHDA site are expected to function as usual.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Access to Confidential Data via the Data Portal opens November 15

The Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality (CBHSQ), Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is announcing a call for applications for remote access to Drug Abuse Warning Network (DAWN) and National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) confidential data for research purposes.

Qualified research organizations are encouraged to submit applications between November 15 and December 15, 2014 for access to confidential DAWN or NSDUH data through the Data Portal. Research projects should propose use of:

  • DAWN 2004-2011 Emergency Department data;
  • DAWN 2003-2010 Medical Examiner data;
  • NSDUH 2004-2013; or
  • NSDUH 2008-2012 Adult Clinical Interview data.

The Data Portal is a secure virtual computing environment facilitated through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Data Archive (SAMHDA). It is designed to provide authorized researchers access to confidential data for approved research projects. The goal of the Data Portal is to maximize the use of data collected by CBHSQ for important research while conforming to Federal law and protecting identifiable data from disclosure.

SAMHSA Call for Applications
Learn more about the Data Portal
FAQs: Accessing the Data Portal

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

2011 Data Added to Treatment Episode Data Set-Discharges (TEDS-D) Concatenated File

The Treatment Episode Data Set-Admissions (TEDS-D) Concatenated file has been updated to include data through 2011. The 2006 to 2011 TEDS-D Concatenated data and documentation files are now available for download, online analysis, and Quick Tables. more...

TEDS-D provides descriptive information about discharges from alcohol or drug treatment in facilities that report to individual state administrative data systems. Demographic information such as gender, race, ethnicity, education, and employment status, among others, are included in the data. The reason for discharge and the length of time in treatment are also included in the file. Substances reported in TEDS-D include alcohol, cocaine and crack, marijuana and hashish, heroin, nonprescription methadone, other opiates and synthetics, stimulants, tranquilizers, sedatives, and over-the-counter medications, among others.

TEDS-D is one component of the Behavioral Health Services Information System (BHSIS), maintained by the Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality (CBHSQ), Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). A sister data system, TEDS-A, records admissions to treatment facilities.

Access the TEDS-D Concatenated study
Access all available years of TEDS-D
Learn more about the TEDS-D series

Monday, October 6, 2014

SAMHDA 10/7 Webinar: Broadening Access to Substance Abuse and Mental Health Data with the R-DAS

Would you like to learn more about the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) data available through the R-DAS? Please join SAMHDA for a webinar on:

Broadening Access to Substance Abuse and Mental Health Data with the Restricted-Use Data Analysis System (R-DAS).
Broadcast time (EDT): Tuesday, October 7 at 12:00 pm
Registration link: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4996157008389271554

This webinar will take place during the 2014 ICPSR Data Fair Webinar participants will:

  • Obtain a general understanding of the data and resources available through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Data Archive (SAMHDA);
  • Understand the differences between the public-use and restricted-use National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) data files;
  • Locate and access restricted-use NSDUH data in the R-DAS; and
  • Successfully create a cross-tabulation in the R-DAS.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

R-DAS will be unavailable on 9/24/14 between 10:00 p.m. and midnight

ICPSR will perform maintenance on the Web server on 9/24/14 beginning at 10:00 p.m. During this maintenance, the Restricted-use Data Analysis System (R-DAS) will be unavailable. All other features of the SAMHDA site are expected to function as usual.