According to a new report by the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), admissions for alcohol abuse treatment have remained the same in parts of the South and the Midwest, whereas they have dropped elsewhere in the United States. However, admission rates for illegal drugs are increasing across the United States, especially for marijuana abuse.
From 1998 to 2008, the overall rate of substance abuse admissions in the United States remained stable at about 770 admissions per 100,000 people. Admissions for alcohol abuse dropped by 15 percent nationally, but remained stable in Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Nebraska.
Admission rates for marijuana use increased by 30 percent across the nation, and were highest in the afore-mentioned states and New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania.
A previous SAMHSA report found that admission rates for opiate abuse other than heroin (including painkillers such as OxyContin) increased by 345 percent over the ten-year period. The latest report found that admission rates for opiate abuse (besides heroin) increased nationally and were highest in Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont, Alabama, Kentucky, Mississippi, and Tennessee.
For methamphetamine abuse, the treatment rate increased by 53 percent since 1998, although its lower than it was in 2005. Admissions for cocaine abuse decreased by 23 percent across the United States.
Pamela S. Hyde, SAMSHA administrator, said that the study highlights the shifting trends in the reasons for treatment admissions, providing insight into the regional nature of substance abuse.
Source: HealthDay News, Drug Abuse Treatment Rates on the Rise: U.S. Report, December 29, 2010