National Treatment Admissions for Primary Alcohol and Cocaine Abuse Decrease While Admissions for Marijuana Double and Stimulants Triple

Source: Center for Substance Abuse Research, CESAR Fax4/17/06
“The percentage of admissions to state-funded substance abuse treatment facilities for primary* alcohol abuse declined from 1993 to 2003, according to data from the national Treatment Episode Data Set (TEDS). While alcohol continues to be the substance most frequently cited as a primary substance of abuse, primary alcohol abuse accounted for less than one-half (41%) of all admission in 2003 (the most recent year for which data are available), down from 57% in 1993. The percentage of admissions for primary cocaine abuse also decreased, from 17% to 14%. At the same time, the percentage of admissions for primary abuse of stimulants (including methamphetamine and prescription stimulants) tripled and marijuana more than doubled while primary opiate admissions also increased (from 13% to 18%).”

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