New Homelessness Resource Center Web Site Launched

Source: SAMHSA eNetwork email, 7/29/08

SAMHSA’s new Homelessness Resource Center (HRC) Web site launched this week. Targeted toward providers who work with people who are homeless, the Web site shares state-of-the art knowledge, evidence-based practices, and practical resources.

The Web site provides an interactive learning community for researchers, providers, consumers, and Government agencies at all levels. It is an easy-to-manage resource with content that informs, features that engage, and training that is useful. These elements are brought together to promote recovery-oriented and consumer-centered services for people who are homeless.

Visit the site at:

New NSDUH Report: Serious Psychological Distress among Adults Aged 50 or Older

SAMHSA’s Office of Applied Studies (OAS) has just released The NSDUH Report: Serious Psychological Distress among Adults Aged 50 or Older:  2005 & 2006, a 3 page short report based on data from SAMHSA’s National Survey on Drug Use & Health (NSDUH) that provides data on rates of serious psychological distress among adults aged 50 or older by demographics as well as their receipt of mental health treatment and unmet mental health treatment need.

For single or bulk orders of free copies of this report or any OAS report for meetings, contact SAMHSA’s National Clearinghouse for Alcohol and Drug Information (NCADI) either on the web or by phone.  Please allow sufficient time to process your request.

Phone:  800-729-6686
TDD hearing impaired:  800-487-4889
Toll free Hablamos Espaňol:  877-767-8432

SAMHSA Releases Latest TEDS Report on Discharges from Substance Abuse Treatment Services

Source:  SAMHSA Bulletin, 7/17/08
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is issuing its latest Treatment Episode Data Set (TEDS) report on Discharges from Substance Treatment Services, which provides a myriad of information on substance abuse treatment episodes at state-licensed treatment facilities across the country.

The 2005 TEDS Discharges from Substance Treatment Services report is the latest in a series of yearly reports that not only provide overall figures for the 34 states that report discharge data to TEDS, but also break this information down into a wide variety of programmatic and demographic criteria that can help provide greater perspective on the experiences of those who have undergone substance abuse treatment.

This information is designed to help the public health community get a better understanding of scope and nature of treatment episodes so that they can most effectively meet current and future treatment needs.

Among the notable findings in this latest report:

  •   The treatment completion rate was highest among clients discharged from hospital residential treatment (67 percent), detoxification (65 percent) and short-term residential treatment (56 percent). Treatment completion rates were lower in longer term and less-structured settings.
  • Not counting discharges receiving opioid replacement therapy (methadone), the median length of stay in treatment was greatest for discharges from outpatient treatment (76 days), followed by long-term residential treatment (53 days) and intensive outpatient treatment (46 days).
  • The strongest predictor of treatment completion was the use of alcohol rather than other drugs. Clients discharged from all types of service combined were 82 percent more likely to complete treatment or transfer to further treatment if their primary substance was alcohol, after taking into account all other characteristics.

 It is important to note that TEDS is an episode-based system and this means its figures for discharges do not directly correspond to the number of individuals discharged from treatment programs in a given year. For example, one individual who had undergone treatment twice during the same year would be counted as two discharges in the TEDS report.

The complete 2005 TEDS Discharges from Substance Abuse Treatment Services report is available online at , or by calling SAMHSA?s Health Information Network at 1-877-SAMHSA-7 (1-877-726-4727) and asking for publication number SMA 08-4314.

Early Onset of Alcohol Consumption Related to Other Drug Use

Source:OJJDP JUVJUST e-mailing, 7/15/08

According to analysis of data from the National Longitudinal Alcohol Epidemiological Survey (NLAES), the earlier persons began drinking alcohol, the more likely they were to have used other drugs illicitly. According to the survey, approximately half the persons who began drinking at age 14 or younger had also used other drugs illicitly, compared to about 10 percent of those who started drinking when 20 years old or older.

An analogous relationship was found between early drinking initiation and drug dependency. Persons who began drinking before age 14 were nearly three times more likely to have been drug dependent than those who began after age 20.

For additional information about these NLAES findings, visit

45% of Young Drinkers Ages 12 to 14 Get Alcohol Free from Adult Family Members or Take from Home

Source: CESAR Fax, 7/14/08
Young drinkers ages 12 to 14 are more likely to get alcohol in their own home than other underage
drinkers, according to a recent analysis of data from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health.
Forty-five percent of youths ages 12 to 14 who drank alcohol in the past month were given alcohol
for free by an adult member of their family (30%) or took the alcohol from their own home the last
time they drank (15%). In comparison, 22% of underage drinkers age 15 to 17 and 14% of those age
18 to 20 reported getting alcohol from family or home the last time they drank. Similar results were
found in a Chicago public school study published in 2007 (see CESAR FAX, Volume 16, Issue 18).
These findings support the need for increased parental educationon the effects of early alcohol use as
well as the need to monitor the presence of alcohol in the home.

Read the full CESAR Fax here.
Read the original report : Underage Alcohol Use: Findings from the 2002-2006 National Surveys on Drug Use and Health, 2008

New CASA Report Finds Most Web Sites Selling Prescription Opioids, Stimulants And Depressants Require No Prescription

Source: CASA Press Release, 7/9/2007


New York, NY – Despite a decline in the number of Web sites advertising or selling controlled prescription drugs, like OxyContin and Valium, Xanax and Vicodin, and Ritalin and Adderall, in the past year, 85 percent of Web sites selling such drugs do not require a prescription, according to You’ve Got Drugs! V: Prescription Drug Pushers on the Internet, the fifth annual White Paper on this subject released by The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA) at Columbia University.

Click here to read the rest of the Press Release.

Click here for the New York Times article on this report.

Click here to read the You’ve got Drugs! V report.