Public Health Data Inventory

National Survey on Drug Use and Health


The National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) is an annual survey of the civilian, non-institutionalized population of the United States aged 12 years and older. The survey is conducted by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and focuses on the use of and consequences related to alcohol, tobacco, and drug use as well as mental health disorders. Data are collected from all states and the District of Columbia through a face-to-face survey at the respondents’ place of residence. To increase confidentiality, the survey is administered using computer-assisted interviewing methods, including the use of a portable computer and headphones for self-interviewing.    

Type of Data

Random Sample Survey

Data Collection Method and Availability

Survey data are collected from persons 12 and older in all U.S. states as well as the District of Columbia. First, a sample of randomly selected households is chosen.  Then, individuals living within the household are 1) randomly selected for participation in the survey 2) given an incentive for agreeing to participate, and 3) complete the survey at their home using a face-to-face survey design with computer-assisted interviewing methods. The survey is stratified by three age categories (12-17 year old, 18-25 years old, and 26 and older) to allow for representative data on youth, young adults, and adults. 

For Nebraska, results are available by stratified age-group and behavioral health region via the SAMHSA website. Estimates for other age groups and regions as well as by gender, race/ethnicity, and other demographics are not available at the state or sub-state levels unless requested via a special request process through SAMHSA. Data have been collected annually since 1971; however, due to changes in the survey methodology, only data from 2002 until present are comparable, and data are typically reported using a two-year rolling average.

Related Links and Reports

National Survey on Drug Use and Health Home Page

Data Contact

Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services
Division of Public Health
Community Health Planning & Protection Unit
301 Centennial Mall South
Lincoln, NE 68509
Phone: (402) 471-7733

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