TUESDAY, March 17 (HealthDay News) — Admissions for treatment of prescription
painkiller abuse in the United States have risen dramatically over the
past decade, from 1 percent of all substance abuse admissions in 1997
to 5 percent in 2007, according to a government report released
Alcohol was still the leading cause (40 percent) of the 1.8 million substance
abuse treatment admissions in 2007, but has declined from 50 percent in
1997, said the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services
Among the other findings in the Treatment Episode Data Set (TEDS) 2007:
"The TEDS report provides valuable insight into the true nature and scope of the challenges confronting the
community. By carefully analyzing this data, the public health
community can better anticipate and address emerging needs," Dr. Eric
Broderick, SAMHSA acting administrator, said in an agency news release.
TEDS report provides demographic and other information on substance
abuse treatment admissions from state-licensed treatment facilities
across the United States. It doesn't include information on all
treatment admissions but is the largest, most comprehensive study of
its kind, according to the news release.
SAMHSA has more about substance abuse treatment.
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