Proportion of primarily alcohol-related admissions drops while the proportion of primarily heroin and prescription opioid–related admissions rises.
A new report by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) shows that, overall, the number of admissions reported among Americans aged 12 and older for publically funded substance use treatment has declined slightly from 2003 to 2013 (from 1,865,145 admissions in 2003 to 1,683,451 admissions in 2013). Additionally, the report reveals that there have been notable changes in the proportion of admissions associated with various substances of abuse.
For example, although admissions associated primarily with alcohol use still remain the largest proportion of admissions, it has dropped from 42 percent in 2003 to 38 percent in 2013. During this same period, the proportion of admissions primarily associated with heroin use rose from 15 percent in 2003 to 19 percent in 2013. The proportion of admissions associated primarily with non-heroin opioid use increased from 3 percent in 2003 to 9 percent in 2013.
The Treatment Episode Data Set (TEDS) 2003 – 2013 National Admissions to Substance Abuse Treatment Services data is available at: http://www.samhsa.gov/data/sites/default/files/2003_2013_TEDS_National/2003_2013_Treatment_Episode_Data_Set_National.pdf
Source: The Substance Abuse Mental Services Administration – December 3, 2015