1996 National Household Survey on Drug Abuse:  Preliminary Results

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70617 (78A)                 PRELIMINARY DATA - AS OF JUNE 1997 

Table 38A.Estimated Numbers (in Thousands) of Lifetime Users of Specific Hallucinogens, Inhalants, Methamphetamine, Needles, and Heroin by Smoking or Sniffing/Snorting It in the U.S. Population Aged 12 and Older, By Age Group: 1995 and 1996

Drug or Method of Administration

AGE GROUP (Years)


12-17

18-25

26-34

35 and Older

Total

1995

1996

1995

1996

1995

1996

1995

1996

1995

1996












Hallucinogens

1,190

1,265

3,921a

4,544

5,466

5,474

9,553

9,415

20,129

20,699

PCP

356

273

829

636

1,641

1,477

3,892

4,369

6,718

6,755

LSD

965

970

3,346a

3,850

4,224

4,148

7,317

7,431

15,852

16,400

Peyote

121

99

276

421

734a

449

3,133

3,060

4,264

4,030

Mescaline

82

66

512

604

1,291

1,094

4,918

4,323

6,802

6,087

Psilocybin (Mushrooms)

369

451

1,873b

2,516

2,974

3,058

5,252

5,405

10,468

11,430

"Ecstasy" (MDMA)

267

242

960

1,164

1,007

875

1,199

853

3,433

3,134

Inhalants

1,639

1,337

3,110

3,006

3,132

2,951

4,135

4,615

12,016

11,909

Amyl Nitrite, "Poppers," Locker Room Odorizers, or "Rush"

143

135

832

631

1,855

1,657

2,623

2,936

5,453

5,360

Correction Fluid, Degreaser, or Cleaning Fluid

365

399

475

285

140

179

449

123

1,429

986

Gasoline or Lighter

Fluid

693b

417

655

655

511

331

402

314

2,260a

1,717

Glue, Shoe Polish, or Toluene

654

490

704

488

570

392

778

594

2,706b

1,964

Halothane, Ether, or Other Anesthetics

80

39

147

117

94

114

335

165

655

435

Lacquer Thinner or Other Paint Solvents

407

322

246

313

181

143

188

182

1,021

960

Lighter Gases (Butane, Propane)

335a

198

276

282

93

121

33

53

737

655

Nitrous Oxide or "Whippets"

312

403

1,729

1,995

1,166

1,429

1,450

1,223

4,656

5,050

Spray Paints

468

319

257

265

163

239

193

297

1,082

1,120

Other Aerosol Sprays

332

319

303

270

108

181

221

110

964

879

Methamphetamine

169

145

515a

702

1,385

1,477

2,607

2,564

4,676

4,888

Needle Use1,2

88

71

190

284

743

589

1,703

1,561

2,723

2,505

Heroin

151

103

208

365

523

464

1,568

1,511

2,451

2,444

Smoke Heroin2

101

84

144

160

263

287

879

1,140

1,387

1,672

Sniff or Snort Heroin2

71

48

139

222

317

316

848

1,261

1,374

1,847

*Low precision; no estimate reported.

1 Refers to lifetime use of a needle to inject a drug that was not prescribed, or that was taken only for the experience or feeling it caused.

2 These drug estimates are generated from data collected on a "non-core" section of the NHSDA questionnaire. Therefore, these estimates may be somewhat inconsistent with drug estimates based on data

collected from the "core" answer sheets because NHSDA data are not edited for consistency across the "core" and" non-core" sections of the interview.

aDifference between 1995 and 1996 is statistically significant at the .05 level.

bDifference between 1995 and 1996 is statistically significant at the .01 level.

Source: SAMHSA, Office of Applied Studies, National Household Survey on Drug Abuse, 1995 and 1996.

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