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SAMHSA News - March/April 2004, Volume 12, Number 2
 

Treatment Admissions Rise for Narcotic Painkillers

According to a new report from SAMHSA's Drug and Alcohol Services Information System (DASIS), treatment admission rates for abuse of narcotic painkillers more than doubled between 1992 and 2000.

The proportion of new users of narcotic painkillers (those entering treatment within 3 years of beginning use) increased from 30 percent in 1997 to 41 percent in 2000.
In addition, between 1997 and 2000, the number of treatment admissions involving narcotic painkillers increased for all ages, especially among people age 20 to 30.

In 1992, five states had an admission rate for narcotic painkillers of 24 per 100,000 (age 12 and older). By 1997, 11 states had admission rates that high. By 2000, 21 states had narcotic painkiller admission rates of 24 or more per 100,000. Rates were particularly high in New England, where they ranged from 12 per 100,000 people in New Hampshire, to 63 per 100,000 in Connecticut, to 120 per 100,000 in Maine.

The characteristics of admissions for abuse of narcotic painkillers changed very little between 1997 and 2000. More than half of these admissions (56 percent) were male, and more than 80 percent were white.

Narcotic painkiller admissions include all admissions reporting primary, secondary, or tertiary abuse of substances such as oxycodone, codeine, dilaudid, morphine, demerol, and any other drug with morphine-like effects.

To obtain a copy of the DASIS report, Treatment Admissions Involving Narcotic Painkillers, contact SAMHSA's National Clearinghouse for Alcohol and Drug Information (NCADI) at P.O. Box 2345, Rockville, MD 20847-2345. Telephone: 1 (800) 729-6686 (English and Spanish) or 1 (800) 487-4889 (TDD).

SAMHSA's Office of Applied Studies recently released another short report on treatment admissions for narcotic painkillers based on data gathered in a range of localities. These data show that between 1992 and 2000 the greatest increases in treatment admissions involving these drugs occurred in areas outside large central metropolitan areas.

Treatment Admissions in Urban and Rural Areas Involving Abuse of Narcotic Painkillers Treatment is also available from NCADI.

Both reports can be downloaded from the SAMHSA Web site at www.oas.samhsa.gov. End of Article

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