Drug Abuse Treatment Rates on the Rise: U.S.
-- Randy Dotinga
WEDNESDAY, Dec. 29 (HealthDay News) -- Admissions for alcohol
abuse treatment have remained the same in parts of the Midwest and
South while dropping elsewhere in the United States, while
treatment rates for illegal drugs are increasing across the
country, especially for marijuana abuse, according to a new
The report, issued by the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health
Services Administration (SAMHSA), includes these findings:
- The overall rate of substance abuse admissions in the United
States remained stable from 1998 to 2008, at about 770 admissions
per 100,000 people.
- Admissions for alcohol use dropped by about 15 percent
nationally, but stayed stable in Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota,
Missouri, North Dakota, South Dakota and Nebraska.
- Admission rates for marijuana use rose by 30 percent
nationwide, and were highest in the eight states listed above and
in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
- An earlier SAMHSA report revealed that admission rates for
abuse of opiates other than heroin -- including some prescription
painkillers such as Oxycontin -- rose by 345 percent from
1998-2008. The new report says admission rates for painkiller abuse
rose in every part of the country and were highest in the New
England states (Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire,
Rhode Island and Vermont) and in Alabama, Kentucky, Mississippi and
- The admission rate for treatment of methamphetamine abuse was
53 percent higher in 2008 than in 1998, although it's down from its
peak in 2005.
- Admissions for cocaine abuse fell by 23 percent
"This study provides insight into the regional nature of
substance abuse by highlighting the shifting trends in the reasons
for admission to substance abuse treatment," SAMHSA administrator
Pamela S. Hyde said in an agency news release.
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