Performance Improvement 2007. What Were the Characteristics of Individuals Admitted to Substance Abuse Treatment Facilities in 2004?



This study presents summary data on clients admitted to substance abuse treatment facilities in 2004 in the United States, as reported to the Treatment Episode Data Set. In general, these data include information on clients treated at facilities that receive State alcohol and/or drug agency funds (including Block Grant funds) for the provision of substance abuse treatment services. Information on the demographic and substance abuse characteristics is included on the 1.9 million annual admissions to treatment for abuse of alcohol and drugs. This system is based on treatment admissions only. An individual who is admitted multiple times in a year would be counted once for each admission.

Five substances accounted for 95 percent of the 1,875,026 treatment admissions in 2004. Alcohol was the primary substance of abuse for 40 percent of admissions. Opiates (primarily heroin) accounted for 18 percent of admissions. Marijuana (16 percent) and cocaine (14 percent) were the next most frequent substances of abuse. Stimulants (primarily methamphetamine) made up another 8 percent of admissions. In 2004, admissions to substance abuse treatment involving methamphetamine and narcotic pain medications continued to rise compared with previous years. The number of methamphetamine admissions rose 25 percent between 2002 and 2004 to 129,179. For opiates other than heroin (largely prescription pain medications), there was a 42 percent increase in the number of admissions to treatment between 2002 and 2004 to 63,243. Between 1994 and 2004, the proportion of admissions for primary alcohol and cocaine abuse declined while the proportion of admissions for marijuana, stimulants, and opiates increased.

Report Title: Treatment Episode Data Set (TEDS) Highlights - 2004
Agency Sponsor: SAMHSA, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
Federal Contact: Trunzo, Deborah, 240-276-1267
Performer: Synectics for Management Decisions, Inc.; Arlington, VA
PIC ID: 8309

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