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Finding Data: Data on Substance Abuse


  • (Washington) DC Metropolitan Area Drug Study (DC*MADS) (1991-1992)
    Undertaken to assess the full extent of the drug problem in one metropolitan area. Comprised of 16 separate studies that focused on different sub-groups, many of which are typically not included or are underrepresented in household surveys. Iincludes 3 of these component studies:
    Study of Household and Non-household Populations examines the prevalence of tobacco, alcohol, and drug use among members of household and non-household populations aged 12 and older. Also examines the characteristics of three drug-abusing sub-groups: crack-cocaine, heroin, and needle users. Data include demographics, needle use, needle sharing, and use of tobacco, alcohol, cocaine, crack, inhalants, marijuana, hallucinogens, heroin, sedatives, stimulants, and psychotherapeutics (non-medical use).
    Homeless and Transient Population Study includes data on previous living arrangements, tobacco, drug, and alcohol use, consequences of use, treatment history, illegal behavior and arrest, physical and mental health, pregnancy, insurance, employment and finances, and demographics. Drug Use Among Women Delivering Livebirths in D.C. Hospitals includes data on tobacco, alcohol, and drug use, patterns of use, respondent's general experiences with drug use, including perceptions of the risks and consequences of use, treatment experiences, pregnancy history, and maternal and infant characteristics and outcomes.

  • Adolescent Substance Abuse Prevention Study (ASAPS), 2001-2006 [Detroit, Houston, Los Angeles, Newark, New Orleans, St. Louis]
    Randomized field trial designed to test the effectiveness of a new school-based substance abuse prevention program called Take Charge of Your Life (TCYL). The program consisted of 2 curricula, one for middle schools and the other for high schools, which were delivered through the Drug Abuse Resistance Education network of law enforcement officers (D.A.R.E.). TCYL was developed building on existing D.A.R.E. 7th/8th grade and 10th/11th grade curricula and applied principles and strategies suggested by published literature on effective drug abuse prevention programming and effective middle and high school curricula design. ASAPS was conducted among a 2001-2002 multi-site cohort of 7th graders who were followed for 5 years until the 2005-2006 school year when they were in the 11th grade. The 1st TCYL curriculum was delivered in the treatment schools when the students were in 7th grade and the 2nd was delivered when they were in the 9th grade. Over the 5-year study period, the treatment and control students responded to 7 self-administered surveys: (1) at baseline in the 7th grade, (2) post-intervention in the 7th grade, (3) in the 8th grade, (4) pre-intervention in the 9th grade, (5) post intervention in the 9th grade, (6) in the 10th grade, and (7) in the 11th grade. Topics covered by the surveys include normative beliefs, social skills, attitudes toward drug use, and self-reported use of alcohol, tobacco, marijuana, and other illicit drugs. Also include measures of implementation fidelity of the 7th grade TCYL curriculum from trained observers who rated the D.A.R.E. officers' delivery in the classroom. The fidelity measures encompass content coverage and instructional strategy.

  • Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drugs Bibliographic Databases and Data Archives (SALIS)
    Compilation of databases and other online resources. International in scope. Created to assist in the researching and dissemination of substance abuse, alcoholism, treatment, recovery, and other addictions information.

  • Arrestee Drug Abuse Monitoring (ADAM) Program/Drug Use Forecasting (DUF) (1987+)
    Designed to estimate the prevalence of drug use among persons in the United States who are arrested and booked, and to detect changes in trends in drug use among this population. Data is restricted. Procedures can be found through the site. Also see the nonrestricted Monitoring Drug Epidemics and the Markets That Sustain Them, Arrestee Drug Abuse Monitoring (ADAM) and ADAM II Data, 2000-2003 and 2007-2010.

  • Arrestee Survey (2003-2006)
    First nationally representative survey of drugs and crime among the population of individuals representing arrest events in England and Wales. Aimed to provide information on a range of areas within the drugs and crime nexus, including the prevalence of problematic drug misuse among respondents representing arrest events; drug and/or alcohol consumption; availability of drugs; levels of demand (met and/or unmet) for drug and alcohol treatment services among respondents; levels of intravenous drug use among respondents; and gang membership. To obtain a free account please register with the UKDA.

  • Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (1984+) (BRFSS)
    Tracks health risks in the United States. Monitors state-level prevalence of the major behavioral risks among adults associated with premature morbidity and mortality. Collects data on actual behaviors, rather than on attitudes or knowledge, that would be especially useful for planning, initiating, supporting, and evaluating health promotion and disease prevention programs.

  • Branded Consumption and Social Identification: Young People and Alcohol Study, 2006-2007
    This qualitative dataset examines young people's relationship with alcohol and drinking practices in England. Investigated the meanings that young people associate with drinking and how contemporary forms of alcohol marketing operate to constitute alcohol brands as discursive resources that young people can draw on. Examined: (a) the role that branding and marketing practices play in shaping young adults identity practices around alcohol and the meanings that they associate with alcohol consumption; (b) how young people's drinking practices and the meanings they associated with alcohol consumption differed in 3 geographical contexts: a major metropolitan conurbation in the West Midlands, a smaller semi-rural market town and a seaside location in the West Country; how alcohol-related practices are organised around gender, class and/or ethnicity; (d) The role that drinking stories and other collective cultural practices (e.g. drinking games) play in the constitution of young adult's social and personal identities. To obtain a free account please register with the UKDA.

    Sample Size: 89 people in 16 focus groups; 8 semi-structured individual interviews

  • Chicago Male Drug Use and Health Survey (MSM Supplement), 2002-2003
    In recent years, club drugs such as MDMA, Ketamine, GHB, and Rohypnol have emerged as major drugs of abuse. The national and local Chicago news media have publicized law enforcement actions and adverse health outcomes, including fatalities, related to the abuse of these substances. Media accounts and a limited body of research have identified use of these substances as prevalent in the gay male community. This prevalence coincides with recent increases in HIV seropositive incidence. There is a clear need for a more comprehensive understanding of the prevalence of club drug use in the general population, and particularly in the subgroup of sexually active gay men. Noting these research gaps and their considerable adverse public health implications, this supplemental study was designed to apply an expanded protocol developed from an earlier study conducted (Feasibility and Use of Biological Measurement in Drug Surveys; R01DA12425, SRL Study #860) to a sample of gay men in Chicago. This study evaluated whether findings regarding the feasibility and use of drug testing in drug surveys derived from general population samples are generalizable to a probability sample of 216 gay men in the city of Chicago. For this project, a supplemental module was added to the main study survey that asked detailed questions about involvement in the gay community, risky sexual activity and HIV seropositivity. The scope of biological measurement was also expanded to incorporate testing for Rohypnol and Ketamine in hair (MDMA was already being tested as part of the general sample hair screen).

  • Criminal Justice Drug Abuse Treatment Studies (CJ-DATS)
    Provides a comprehensive inquiry into the nature of programs & services provided to adult & juvenile offenders involved in the justice system in the United States. Participants included key criminal justice administrators, operations managers, and staff. The goals were to describe current drug treatment practices, policies, and delivery systems for offenders on probation or parole supervision, and in jails, prisons, and youth institutions; to examine agency structures, resources, and other organizational factors that may affect service delivery, including mission, leadership, climate, culture, and beliefs about rehabilitation versus punishment; and to assess coordination and integration across criminal justice agencies and between corrections and treatment systems. Items in the survey included: respondent characteristics, organizational characteristics, correctional programs characteristics (e.g., size, nature, etc.), substance abuse treatment programs characteristics, social networks/agencies collaboration, integration of services with other agencies, attitudes toward punishment and rehabilitation (personal values), organizational needs assessment, organizational culture and climate for treatment, cynicism toward change, organizational commitment to treatment, and perspectives on intradepartmental coordination.

  • Drug Abuse Warning Network (DAWN) Series
    Nationally representative public health surveillance system that continuously monitors drug-related visits to hospital emergency departments (EDs). A DAWN case is any ED visit involving recent drug use that is implicated in the ED visit. Captures both ED visits that are directly caused by drugs and those in which drugs are a contributing factor but not the direct cause of the ED visit. Annually, DAWN produces estimates of drug-related visits to hospital EDs for the nation as a whole and for selected metropolitan areas. Used to monitor trends in drug misuse and abuse, identify the emergence of new substances and drug combinations, assess health hazards associated with drug abuse, and estimate the impact of drug misuse and abuse on the Nation's health care system. Relies on a longitudinal probability sample of hospitals located throughout the United States. To be eligible for selection into the DAWN sample, a hospital must be a non-federal, short-stay, general surgical and medical hospital located in the United States, with at least one 24-hour ED. Includes demographics, up to 16 drugs involved in the ED visit, toxicology confirmation, route of administration, type of case, and disposition of the patient following the visit.

  • Drug Use Among Young American Indians: Epidemiology and Prediction, 2001-2006 and 2009-2013
    Annual surveillance effort assessing the levels and patterns of substance use among American Indian (AI) adolescents attending schools on or near reservations. In addition to annual epidemiology of substance use, data pertaining to the normative environment for adolescent substance use were also obtained. Contains 527 variables for 16,590 students in grades 7 to 12.

  • Encuesta Nacional de Addiciones (ENA) 2002
    Mexico National Addiction Survey 2002. Investigated the consumption of alcohol, tobacco, and medicinal and illicit drugs. The survey was nationally representative and respondents were 12-65 years of age. Demographic and household characteristics captured included age, sex, family composition, education, housing conditions and employment type.

  • Encuesta Nacional de Factores de Riesgo (2005)
    Argentina National Survey of Risk Factors 2005. The questionnaire for this risk factor survey was adapted from the STEPS risk factor surveillance tool developed by WHO and promoted in Latin American countries by PAHO. The survey did not include the anthropometry or biochemical measurements included in the typical STEPS surveys. In addition to a standard household questionniare, the individual questionnaire was used to collect data on tobacco and alcohol use, nutrition, physical activity, crime victimization, contraceptive use, transportation use, preventive health care, and diagnosis history for hypertension, diabetes, cholesterol, and weight concerns. Covered persons 18 years and older living in private homes in urban areas of the country. 42,694 households participated in the survey. Estimations from the data can be made on the national, regional, and provincial level.

  • European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction

  • European School Survey Project on Alcohol and Other Drugs (ESPAD) (1995+)
    Study of adolescent substance use in Europe from a comparative and longitudinal perspective. Collects comparable data on the use of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs among students throughout European countries. Reports are in the form of summary statistics. Conduced every 4 years.

  • Evaluation of CASAWORKS for Families -- Phase I, 1999-2001
    These data were collected to evaluate the effectiveness of CASAWORKS for Families (CWF), a multiservice intervention designed to move substance abusing women on welfare to sobriety and self-sufficiency by addressing their substance abuse, domestic violence, employment, and basic needs.

  • Flint [Michigan] Adolescent Study (FAS): A Longitudinal Study of School Dropout and Substance Use, 1994-1997

  • Harvard School of Public Health College Alcohol Study (1993, 1997, 1999, 2001)
    Multi-round survey that interviewed students in 4 year colleges and universities, examined key issues in alcohol abuse and other high risk behaviors among college students, including the relationship of state alcohol control measures and college policies to alcohol use and the role of fraternities and sororities, easy access to alcohol, and low alcohol prices. Collected information on students' use of alcohol, tobacco, and illicit drugs, views on campus alcohol policies and student alcohol use, reasons for drinking alcohol and reasons for not drinking or limiting drinking, and personal difficulties caused by drinking problems (e.g., missed classes and trouble with police). Additional topics include overall health status, daily activities, satisfaction with education being received, grade-point average, living arrangements, social life, sexual activity (heterosexual, homosexual, and bisexual), use of condoms during sexual intercourse, rape, and drunk driving. Background variables include age, height, weight, sex, marital status, religion, mother's and father's education, mother's and father's drinking habits, race, and Hispanic origin.

  • How Downsizing the Russian Military Affects Officers and Their Wives (1995-1997, Russian Federation)
    Examined the effects of the downsizing of the Russian military. Conducted in 2 waves. The 1st wave queried officers who were scheduled to be released from service within 6 months, officers who were not scheduled to be released, and the wives of the officers. The 2nd wave of interviews followed-up with the initial respondents approximately 18 months later. The groups in the 2nd wave consisted of either current or former servicemen and their wives. A major focus of the study was employment. During the first wave, officers and their wives were queried on their current employment status, whether they were satisfied with their salary, the level of skill required in their work, and their supervisor's management style. Additionally, wives were asked if their job interfered with aspects of their lives, while servicemen were asked about their army careers. Questions included how long they had served in the military, whether they were active participants in war, how loyal they felt toward the army, whether or not they planned on leaving, and what reasons were behind any plans to leave. Servicemen were asked about their level of education, whether they had completed any additional school or training courses, and if they had any civilian job experience. They were also asked what important aspects they desired in a new job, and how confident they were that they would find employment that met those desires. A 2nd major focus was living conditions. Questions included how much food allowance they were provided by the army, how many times they and their family had moved as a requirement of their career, which services and resources they had access in their present location, the effect retirement would have on them personally as well as on their families, and what government assistance would be provided upon retirement. They were further queried about whether they currently had enough money for necessities and if their housing was provided by the army. A 3rd major focus of the study was health. Respondents were questioned about their experience with health concerns (headaches, anxiety, etc.) and the frequency of occurrence. They were asked if they or their families had experienced significant events in the past year such as the death of a child, or the loss of their home due to natural disaster. They were also asked if they drank alcohol, the amount they consumed, and whether they or anyone close to them felt they had a problem with alcohol abuse. They were also asked whether or not they smoked, and if so, how much. A 4th major focus was social relationships and behaviors. Questions included their relationship with their spouse and their family, whether they had a confidante, in whom they confided. They were asked if they got together with neighbors, attended religious services and, if so, how often they participated in these events. A 5th major focus was the respondents' opinions about the downsizing of the military. They were asked if the assistance being offered was sufficient, whether the reimbursement package provided was adequate, and how they felt others were being affected by the downsizing. Respondents were also queried as to whom they felt deserved the blame for the downsizing of the military. During the 2nd wave, respondents were contacted for follow-up interviews. In addition to the questions previously asked during the first wave, respondents were asked if their spouse had changed, whether their family remained the same size, and about their employment status as compared to one year prior. Former servicemen were asked if they had new employment and how they acquired their new job. If unemployed, respondents were asked if they intended to find new work and, if not, what their reasons were for not seeking employment. If seeking employment, they were asked what type of job they would like, and how confident they were that they would be able to find work. Additionally, former servicemen were asked to compare life as a civilian to their life of army service in various areas. They were also asked about life at home, their relationship with their wives, who was responsible for the key decisions in the household, and the percentage of housework they do. They were also queried about whether the work of their wives interfered with family responsibilities. If applicable, wives were asked how they were affected by their husband's discharge from the military. They were further queried whether household disagreements, child care difficulties, and problems with marital relations had arisen due to the workload of their husband at a new place of employment. They were asked about the level of help the families of servicemen needed from the government, as well as their attitude toward their husband's military service career. Demographic questions included marital status, religious beliefs, affiliation with a particular church, ethnicity, and monthly income.

  • Maternal Drug Abuse Archive at Sociometrics
    Includes data on the following topics: the prevalence of drug use among pregnant women and women of childbearing age; demographic characteristics of pregnant drug users; types and patterns of illicit drug use; social, psychological and economic antecedents of pre- and perinatal drug abuse; the effects of pre- and perinatal substance use on pregnancy complications and neonatal status; and the effects of fetal alcohol and drug exposure on children's physical, neurobehavioral, psychological and social development. Part of Sociometrics.

  • Monitoring the Future. 1976+
    Ongoing study of the behaviors, attitudes, and values of American secondary school students, college students, and young adults. Each year, a total of some 50,000 8th, 10th and 12th grade students are surveyed. A number of questions on drug use are asked.

    Sample Size: 8th grade - approx. 18,000; 10th grade - approx. 17,000; 12th grade - approx. 16,000.

  • Multi-Site Adult Drug Court Evaluation (MADCE), 2003-2009
    Included 23 drug courts and 6 comparison sites selected from 8 states across the country. The purpose was to: (1) Test whether drug courts reduce drug use, crime, and multiple other problems associated with drug abuse, in comparision with similar offenders not exposed to drug courts, (2) address how drug courts work and for whom by isolating key individual and program factors that make drug courts more or less effective in achieving their desired outcomes, (3) explain how offender attitudes and behaviors change when they are exposed to drug courts and how these changes help explain the effectiveness of drug court programs, and (4) examine whether drug courts generate cost savings. Offenders in all 29 sites were surveyed in 3 waves, at baseline, 6 months later, and 18 months after enrollment. The research comprises 3 major components: process evaluation, impact evaluation, and a cost-benefit analysis. The process evaluation describes how the 23 drug court sites vary in program eligibility, supervision, treatment, team collaboration, and other key policies and practices. The impact evaluation examines whether drug courts produce better outcomes than comparison sites and tests which court policies and offender attitudes might explain those effects. The cost-benefit analysis evaluates drug court costs and benefits.

  • National Addiction & HIV Data Archive Program (NAHDAP)
    Data relevant to drug addiction and HIV research.

  • National Criminal Justice Drug Abuse Treatment Studies (CJ-DATS) Series (2002+)
    A multisite research program aimed at improving the treatment of offenders with drug use disorders and integrating criminal justice and public health responses to drug involved offenders. Develop and tests integrated approaches to the treatment of offenders with drug use disorders. Addresses important cross-cutting issues in criminal justice and drug abuse treatment when dealing with the drug involved offender.

  • National Drug Abuse Treatment System Survey, Waves II-IV (NDATSS)
    Longitudinal program of research into organizational structures, operating characteristics, and treatment modalities of outpatient drug treatment programs in the United States. This is done through interviews with program directors and clinical supervisors. Also known as the Outpatient Drug Abuse Treatment Studies (ODATS).

  • National Epidemiologic Survey on Alcohol and Related Conditions (NESARC) (2001-2002, 2004-2005)
    Primary source for information and data on the U.S. population for: alcohol and drug use; alcohol and drug abuse and dependence; and associated psychiatric and other medical comorbidities. Data is restricted. Contact Aaron White, Ph.D.; Division of Epidemiology and Prevention Research; National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism; (301) 451-5943;

    Sample Size: Representative sample of the United States population and 43,093 Americans participated in the first Wave of the survey. During Wave 2, reinterviewed 34,653 of those respondents interviewed in Wave 1.

  • National Survey of Sexual Attitudes and Lifestyles (1990, 2000-2001, 2010-2012)
    Aimed to provide up-to-date information on key sexual behaviours and risk factors in the United Kingdom, as well as to look at trends over time by including comparable measures to those used in the previous surveys, and to include new questions and an extended age range to take account of current information needs in the field of sexual health. The face-to-face interview included sections on: general health; alcohol consumption; smoking; body mass index; family history; learning about sex; first sexual experiences; contraception; periods and menopause; household classification; previous live-in partnerships; household composition; employment; qualifications; parents occupation; ethnicity; sexual identity; religion and internet access. The self-completion questionnaire included sections on: heterosexual behaviour; same-sex behaviour; heterosexual partnerships; same-sex partnerships; overlapping partnerships; online partnerships; total partnerships; detailed partnerships; travel and sex abroad; non-consensual sex; paying for sex; pregnancy history; unplanned pregnancy; family formation; fertility intentions and infertility; sexually transmitted infections; HIV testing; sexual function; drug use; mood and wellbeing and circumcision. To obtain a free account please register with the UKDA.

  • National Survey of Substance Abuse Treatment Services (N-SSATS) (1997+)
    Formerly Uniform Facility Data Set (UFDS). Designed to provide the mechanism for quantifying the substance abuse treatment delivery system in the United States.

  • National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) Series (1979+)
    Formerly titled National Household Survey on Drug Abuse. Strives to provide accurate data on the level and patterns of licit and illicit drug use, track trends in the use of alcohol and various types of drugs, assess the consequences of drug use and abuse, and identify groups with a high risk for drug abuse to assess and monitor the nature of drug and alcohol use and the consequences of abuse. Primarily measures drug and alcohol use incidence and prevalence among the general civilian population aged 12 and older in the United States. Questions include age at first use, as well as lifetime, annual, and past-month usage for the following drugs: alcohol, marijuana, cocaine (including crack), hallucinogens, heroin, inhalants, tobacco, pain relievers, tranquilizers, stimulants, and sedatives. Covers substance abuse treatment history and perceived need for treatment, and includes questions from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM) of Mental Disorders that allow diagnostic criteria to be applied. Respondents were also asked about personal and family income sources and amounts, health care access and coverage, illegal activities and arrest record, problems resulting from the use of drugs, perceptions of risks, and needle-sharing. Demographic data include gender, race, age, ethnicity, educational level, job status, income level, veteran status, household composition, and population density.

  • National Youth Survey (NYS) (1976-1987)
    Parents and youth were interviewed about events and behavior of the preceding year to gain a better understanding of both conventional and deviant types of behavior by youths. Data were collected on demographic and socioeconomic status of respondents, disruptive events in the home, neighborhood problems, parental aspirations for youth, labeling, integration of family and peer contexts, attitudes toward deviance in adults and juveniles, parental discipline, community involvement, drug and alcohol use, victimization, pregnancy, depression, use of outpatient services, spouse violence by respondent and partner, and sexual activity. Demographic variables include sex, ethnicity, birth date, age, marital status, and employment of the youths, and information on the marital status and employment of the parents.

  • Network for the Improvement of Addiction Treatment (NIATx), 2003-2007
    Data were extracted from administrative records from 82,274 clients. The data file covers the dates of contact and treatment with the facility, the number of follow-up units of care received, the primary substance of abuse, and basic demographic information.

  • Network Scale-up Method for Heavy Drug Users in Curitiba, Brazil
    Conducted to evaluate the network scale-up method for estimating the sizes of groups most at-risk for HIV/AIDS. Using 4 different data sources, 2 of which were from other researchers, the authors produced 5 estimates of the number of heavy drug users in Curitiba, Brazil.

  • Older Drug Users: A Life Course Study of Turning Points in Drug Use [in a large Southeastern Metropolitan Area], 2009-2010
    Mixed method, retrospective longitudinal study that interviewed 92 respondents in a large southeastern metropolitan area from January 2009- August 2010. The goal was to provide in-depth life history on the drug use trajectories of older drug users, specific turning points in drug use patterns, and drug-related health risks over a person's life course. Two questionnaires were used to collect the quantitative data. The 1st questionnaire asked about the person's basic demographic information (gender, race, age, and education), health history (has the person been diagnosed with HIV, AIDS, or Hepatitis C), and drug use (route and frequency) and treatment in the past 30 days across ten different substances (tobacco, alcohol, marijuana, hallucinogens/LSD/Ecstasy/club drugs, prescription pills, cocaine, crack, heroin, amphetamines, and methamphetamine). A 2nd questionnaire was used to serve as a retrospective life history of the person. The questionnaire asked about the same drug use and treatment of the same 10 drugs but this time looking at the entire year. Questions were also asked concerning the person's living arrangement, employment, family roles, drug roles, and sexual activity over the course of the year. The questions were repeated for every year of the person's life from birth up to the time the person was interviewed.

  • PACARDO: Data on Drug Use and Behavior in School-Aged Children and Teenagers in Panama, Central America, and the Dominican Republic, 1999-2000
    Multi-national collaborative epidemiological research study whose primary objective was to record and describe self-reported drug use and behavior patterns among school-aged youths in Latin America. During 1999-2000, anonymous self-administered questionnaires on drug involvement and related behaviors were administered to a cross-sectional, nationally representative sample that included a total of 12,797 students in the following 7 countries: Costa Rica (n = 1,702), the Dominican Republic (n = 2,023), El Salvador (n = 1,628), Guatemala (n = 2,530), Honduras (n = 1,752), Nicaragua (n = 1,419), and Panama (n = 1,743). Estimates for exposure opportunity and actual use of alcohol, tobacco, inhalants, marijuana, cocaine (crack / cocoa paste), amphetamines and methamphetamines, tranquilizers, ecstasy, and heroin were assessed via responses about questions on age of first chance to try each drug, and first use.

  • Prison Rape Elimination Act Data Series
    The Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) collects and analyzes data on the incidence and effects of sexual violence in prisons and jails. The data, in various datasets, are collected from individuals currently and formerly in federal, state, county, and municipal facilities. Data sets in this series include surveys and other statistical studies, including the National Inmate Survey (NIS), the Former Prisoner Survey (FPS), and the National Survey of Youth in Custody (NSYC).

  • Race and Drug Arrests: Specific Deterrence and Collateral Consequences, 1997-2009
    Examines several explanations for the observed racial/ethnic disparities in drug arrests, the consequences of drug arrest on subsequent drug offending and social bonding, and whether these consequences vary by race/ethnicity. The study is a secondary analysis of the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth 1997 (NLSY97).

  • Religion and Deviance at Four American Universities
    Contains measures on religious belief and practice, Christian fundamentalist beliefs, religious context, and deviant behavior from students at 4 American universities. Two of these universities are public state schools; two are private and have religious affiliations. A total of 1,753 respondents were surveyed regarding their religious beliefs and practices, tattoos, piercings, and engagement in (or abstinence from) sexual intercourse, binge drinking, and marijuana use.

  • SAMHDA: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Data Archive at ICPSR
    Provides access to substance abuse and mental health research data.

  • Schools and Families Educating (SAFE) Children Study [Chicago, IL]: 1997-2008
    Randomized control trial designed to test the efficacy of a family-based comprehensive preventive intervention, with children living in inner-city Chicago and entering the 1st grade, for effects on key risk markers for later drug and other substance use.

  • Scottish Schools Adolescent Lifestyle and Sustance Abuse Survey (SALSUS) (2002+)
    Monitors substance use among secondary school pupils in Scotland, including the collection of data on health, lifestyle and social factors, at both national and local level. Continues the biennial Smoking, Drinking and Drug Use Among Young People surveys of secondary school children, conducted between 1982 and 2000 in England and Scotland. To obtain a free account please register with the UKDA.

  • Sexual Acquisition and Transmission of HIV Cooperative Agreement Program (SATHCAP), 2006-2008 [United States] Restricted Use Files
    Multisite study designed to assess the role of drug use in the sexual transmission of the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) from traditional high-risk groups, such as men who have sex with men (MSM) and drug users (DU), to lower risk groups, such as non-drug-using sexual partners. Conducted in Los Angeles, CA; Chicago, IL; and Raleigh Durham, NC; and in St. Petersburg, Russia. Only the USA data is available (data is restricted).

  • Smoking, Drinking and Drug Use among Young People (1988+)
    Began in 1982, under the name Smoking among Secondary Schoolchildren. The series initially aimed to provide national estimates of the proportion of secondary schoolchildren aged 11-15 who smoked, and to describe their smoking behavior. Similar surveys were carried out every 2 years until 1998 to monitor trends in the prevalence of cigarette smoking. The survey then moved to an annual cycle, and questions on alcohol consumption and drug use were included. The name of the series was changed to Smoking, Drinking and Drug Use among Young Teenagers to reflect this widened focus. Since 1998, surveys have been carried out annually, with a core section of questions included on smoking status and number of cigarettes smoked in the last week; drinking status and amount of alcohol drunk in the last week; and awareness and use of drugs. For the 2000 survey, the series title again changed, to Smoking, Drinking and Drug Use among Young People. The Department of Health commissioned the National Centre for Social Research (NatCen) and the National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER) to conduct the 2000 survey in England, and an equivalent survey was also conducted in Scotland. In alternate survey years, beyond the core questions, the remainder of the questionnaire focuses on either smoking and drinking or on drug taking. The 2001 and 2003 surveys focused mainly on drugs, and the 2000, 2002, 2004, 2005 and 2006 surveys focused mainly on smoking and drinking. It should be noted that the UK Data Archive (UKDA) only holds the survey from 1988 onwards. In some years, the surveys have been carried out in Scotland and Wales, as well as England, to provide separate national estimates for these countries. In 2002, a separate Scottish series, the Scottish Schools Adolescent Lifestyle and Substance Use Survey was established to replace the Smoking, Drinking and Drug Use among Young People series there, and to provide information in support of Scotland's new drugs strategy. To obtain a free account please register with the UKDA.

  • Sociometrics
    Consists of original research data and instruments on adolescent pregnancy, aging, alternative medicine, demograhy, disability, HIV/AIDS, mental health, poverty, social context, and substance abuse.

  • Strengthening Washington DC Families (SWFP) Project, 1998 - 2004
    Examined the effectiveness of an evidence-based prevention program implemented on a sample of 715 families across mulitple settings in an urban area. The study area also included suburban Maryland. Was set up as a true experimental design with families being randomly placed into 1 of 4 treatment conditions: child skills training only, parent skills training only, parent and child skills training plus family skills training, or minimal treatment controls. Entire families were assigned to 1 of the 4 treatment conditions. Data were collected from all family members who participated in the program. Thus the individual data files contain more than 715 records. The parent file contains 796 cases and the child file contains 961 cases. The Strengthening Families Program is based on cognitive-behavioral social learning theory and family systems theory targeting elementary school-aged children. In this program parents receive training in parenting skills, children receive training primarily in social skills, and families receive family skills training. The aim of the program is to effectively reduce parent, child, and family risk factors for substance use and delinquency.

  • Surveys on drugs and crime
    From monitoring of illicit crop cultivation to corruption, crime trends and crime victimization, UNODC regularly publishes a broad range of surveys on Afghanistan, Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, and Southeast Asia (Lao PDR, Myanmar),

  • The Game of Contacts (Heavy drug users: Curitiba, Brazil)
    Collected as nested items in a behavioral surveillance study of heavy drug users in Curitiba, Brazil. This larger behavioral surveillance study was conducted by the Brazilian Ministry of Health and the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation as part of the 10-city Brazilian Behavioral Surveillance Study of heavy drug users (Bastos, 2009). The game of contacts data enables researchers to estimate the network composition and social visibility of groups. These estimates may be of intrinsic interest or may be used to adjust estimates of the sizes of hard-to-count populations made using the network scale-up method. For additional information about the game of contacts see Salganik et al. (2011).

  • Treatment Episode Data Set - Admissions (TEDS-A) Series
    Descriptive information about the national flow of admissions to providers of substance abuse treatment.

  • Treatment Episode Data Set - Discharges (TEDS-D) (2006+)
    Descriptive information about the national flow of discharges from alcohol or drug treatment in facilities that report to individual state administrative data systems.

  • Violence, Vandalism And Substance Abuse In New Jersey Schools (1999+)
    Data down to the school district level.

  • Young People's Behaviour and Attitudes Survey (YPBAS) (2000+)
    School-based survey carried out among 11-16 year olds and covers a wide range of topics relevant to the lives of young people today such as school, nutrition, sports, smoking, alcohol, solvents, drugs, policing, personal safety, sexual experience and knowledge, relationships, the environment and travelling to school. Conducted every 3 years. To obtain a free account please register with the UKDA.

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