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Current Trends: Use and Abuse of Drugs in America

1. Need help explaining the past and current trends of the use and abuse of drugs in the USA. Need about 300 words.

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Let's take a closer look at some of the trends of use and abuse of drugs in USA, which you can draw on for your final copy. I attached three sources, from which this response is drawn. There are many trends, so you can decide which ones to include.

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1. Need help explaining the past and current trends of the use and abuse of drugs in the USA. Need about 300 words.

To track dug trends, the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) of HHS have sponsored several national surveys.

For example, the National Household Survey on Drug Abuse (NHSDA) interviewed persons age 12 and older living in households about drug and alcohol use. In 1991, the survey was expanded to include civilians living on military installments, persons living in college dormitories, and persons living in homeless shelters. Since October 1, 1992, the survey has been sponsored by SAMHSA. Earlier surveys were sponsored by NIDA. In 1999, the survey methodology changed, therefore making data from previous years incomparable. (1)

1. Illicit drug use trends for the period 1979 to 2001.

According to NHSDA (see table 1 of attached article), in 1979, 14.1% of the population age 12 and older reported using an illicit drug in the past 30 days. Between 1999 and 2001, past month illicit drug use for persons age 12 and older increased ...

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Through research and statistics, this solution explains the past and current trends of the use and abuse of drugs in America. References included.

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