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National Treatment Admissions for Marijuana, Methamphetamine, and Other Opiates Continue to Increase; Heroin Decreases

Join Together October 6, 2006

The percentage of marijuana-, methamphetamine- and other opiates-related admissions to state-funded substance abuse treatment facilities have continued to increase in recent years, according to data from the national Treatment Episode Data Set (TEDS).

The percentage of treatment admissions citing marijuana as a primary substance of abuse has increased steadily over the past few years,  reaching a high of 15.9% in 2004 (the most recent year for which data are available).

Admissions for the primary abuse of methamphetamine and opiates other than heroin have also increased. Since 2000, treatment admissions for other opiates have doubled while those for methamphetamine have nearly doubled.

Heroin-related treatment admissions have declined in recent years, while admissions for primary abuse of cocaine have remained relatively steady.

For details, including data charts, source information and caveats, download the PDF file at www.cesar.umd.edu/cesar/cesarfax/vol15/15-38.pdf.

Reprinted from CESAR Fax, a weekly, one-page overview of timely substance abuse trends or issues, from The Center on Substance Abuse Research (CESAR) at the University of Maryland.