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SA-21 Data Details

SA-21 Reduce the proportion of adolescents who use inhalants

About the Data

Description of the data source, numerator, denominator, survey questions, and other relevant details about the national estimate.

National Data Source
National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH); Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
Changed Since the Healthy People 2020 Launch
No
Measure
percent 
Baseline (Year)
4.0 (2008)
Target
Not applicable
Target-Setting Method
This measure is being tracked for informational purposes. If warranted, a target will be set during the decade.
Numerator
Number of persons aged 12 to 17 years who reported using inhalants during the past year
Denominator
Number of persons aged 12 to 17 years
Questions Used to Obtain the National Baseline Data

From the 2008 National Survey on Drug Use and Health:

[NUMERATOR:]

[The following question is asked separately for each inhalant: Amyl nitrite, "poppers,' locker room odorizers, or "rush'; Correction fluid, degreaser, or cleaning fluid; Gasoline or lighter fluid; Glue, shoe polish, or toluene; Halothane, ether, or other paint solvents; Lighter gases, such as butane or propane; Nitrous oxide "whippets'; Spray paints; or Other aerosol sprays]

Have you ever, even once, used [Amyl nitrite, "poppers,' locker room odorizers, or "rush']?

  1. Yes
  2. No

How long has it been since you last used [Amyl nitrite, "poppers,' locker room or hashish; odorizers, or "rush"]?

  1. Within the past 30 days -- that is, since [DATE]
  2. More than 30 days ago but within the past 12 months
  3. More than 12 months ago
Comparable Healthy People 2010 Objective
Retained from HP2010 objective
Methodology Notes

Use of inhalants within the past year was defined by an affirmative response to ever using any kind of inhalant "for kicks or to get high" combined with a response of " Within the past 30 days” and “More than 30 days ago but within the past 12 months.” Specific inhalants that have been identified as used "for kicks or to get high" are listed to help the respondent remember and to let the respondent know the kinds of substances of interest. In addition, probes are added for other substances. These two approaches tend to increase the probability that inhalant users will report their use. A description of NSDUH was published by SAMHSA.

References

Additional resources about the objective.

  1. Klein, R.J.; Proctor, S.E.; Boudreault, M.A.; Turczyn, K.M. Healthy People 2010 Criteria for Data Suppression. Statistical Notes No. 24. Hyattsville, MD: National Center for Health Statistics. 2002.
  2. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Results from the 2008 National Survey on Drug Use and Health: National Findings. Office of Applied Studies, NSDUH Series H-36, HHS Publication No. SMA 09-4434. Rockville, MD. 2009.