According to the 2000 and 2001 NHSDAs, approximately 27 million1 veterans aged 18 or older were living in the United States, representing approximately 13 percent of the adult U.S. population. Approximately 94 percent of all veterans were males. About 56 percent were aged 55 or older, 42 percent were aged 26 to 54, and 2 percent were aged 18 to 25. An estimated 84 percent were white, 9 percent were black, 5 percent were Hispanic, and 1 percent were Asian.
Figure 1. Percentages of Veterans Reporting Past Year Use of Illicit Drugs, by Employment Status: 2000 and 2001
Figure 2. Percentages of Males Aged 18 or Older Reporting Past Year Use of Illicit Drugs, by Race/Ethnicity ** and Veteran Status: 2000 and 2001
Veterans aged 18 to 25 (5 percent) were more likely to be in need of treatment for illicit drug abuse during the past year than veterans aged 26 or older (1 percent). Male veterans were no more likely to be in need of treatment than female veterans. Black veterans were more likely to be in need of treatment than white or Hispanic veterans (Figure 4).
Figure 3. Percentages of Males Aged 18 or Older Reporting Past Year Use of Illicit Drugs, by Age Group and Veteran Status: 2000 and 2001
Figure 4. Percentages of Veterans in Need of Treatment for Illicit Drug Use During the Past Year, by Race/Ethnicity**: 2000 and 2001
** Small sample sizes prevented analyses of American Indians/Alaska Natives and Asians.
Source (all figures): SAMHSA, 2000 and 2001 NHSDAs.
|The National Household Survey
on Drug Abuse (NHSDA) is an annual survey sponsored by the Substance Abuse
and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). The 2000 and 2001 data
are based on information obtained from 69,000 persons aged 12 or older each
year, including adults aged 18 or older who were asked about veteran status.
The survey collects data by administering questionnaires to a representative
sample of the population through facetoface interviews at their
place of residence.
The NHSDA Report is prepared by the Office of Applied Studies (OAS), SAMHSA, and by RTI in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina.
Information and data for this issue are based on the following publications and statistics:
Office of Applied Studies. (2001). Summary of findings from the 2000 National Household Survey on Drug Abuse (DHHS Publication No. SMA 01-3549, NHSDA Series H-13). Rockville, MD: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.
Office of Applied Studies. (2002). Results from the 2001 National Household Survey on Drug Abuse: Volume I. Summary of national findings (DHHS Publication No. SMA 02-3758, NHSDA Series H-17). Rockville, MD: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.
Also available on-line: http://www.oas.samhsa.gov.
Additional tables available on request.
|The NHSDA Report is published periodically by the Office of Applied Studies, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). All material appearing in this report is in the public domain and may be reproduced or copied without permission from SAMHSA. Additional copies of this fact sheet may be downloaded from Other reports from the Office of Applied Studies are also available on-line on the OAS home page: http://www.oas.samhsa.gov|
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