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Comparison of Illicit Drug Addictiveness

Posted by medliorator on April 21, 2008

The National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) examined the characteristics associated with the development of dependence soon after the initiation of drug use. Persons aged 12 or older were asked to report on their use of alcohol and illicit drugs during their lifetime and in the past year.

NSDUH defines substance dependence using criteria specified by the 4th edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV).

persons who initiated use of a substance 13 to 24 months prior to the interview are referred to as “year-before-last initiates.” Year-before-last initiates were assigned to three mutually exclusive categories reflecting their substance use trajectories following initiation: those who had not used the substance in the past 12 months (“past year”), those who had used the substance during the past year but were not dependent on the substance during the past year, and those who had used the substance and were dependent on the substance during the past year.

2004-2006
Percentages of Year-Before-Last Initiates Who Were Dependent on the Initiated Substance in the Past Year, by Substance: 2004-2006

Substance Use and Dependence Following Initiation of Alcohol or Illicit Drug Use [SAMHSA]

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