On-Line Analysis of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Drug Use:  Part 1

SAMHSA's Office of Applied Studies (OAS) provides public use files from its major data collection systems for on-line analysis.  No personal identifiers are available from our data systems.   These public use files are archived in the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Data Archive (SAMHDA).  OAS established this on-line data analysis  system to provide ready access to substance abuse and mental health research data and ultimately to promote more effective prevention and treatment programs.  We share these data with researchers, academics, policymakers, service providers, and others to facilitate more rapid and greater understanding of substance abuse and mental health problems and the impact of related treatment systems.

If you are searching for data, first check to see if the analysis has already been done and if the results are on the web.  You can either check by Topic or by Data Type.  These sources include detailed analysis provided in data tables that are available only on the web as well as those that have been published.  Click here if you are interested in doing some Quick Statistics on State level treatment data.

SAMHDA has been developed to provide the data in user friendly format.  For optimal use, we suggest that you proceed as follows:

1.  Do a variable search to see if you can conduct the analysis you want.

2.  Review the OAS data systems to understand the study methodology, purpose, etc. to properly interpret your procedures and results.  

  • OAS Data Systems:  description of major OAS data collection systems and publication series 

3.   Tutorial:  Examine the short reports that provide an overview of the SAMHDA system and examples of analyses.

4.  Go to SAMHDA.  SAMHDA is managed by the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) at the University of Michigan.  When ready to do the on-line analysis, you will be leaving the SAMHSA website and going to their website.  By clicking below, you will be leaving the SAMHSA website.

5.  Part 2:  For experienced SAMHDA users, who want to go directly to a specific OAS data set on SAMHDA,  Click Here.

6.  Other resources for researchers

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This page was last updated on December 31, 2008.