Chapter 9

Medication-Assisted Opioid Detoxification Discharges Aged 12 and Older: TEDS 2008

Chapter 9 presents data on the reason for discharge and median length of stay (LOS) in treatment for the 17,232 discharges aged 12 and older from medication-assisted opioid detoxification (i.e., detoxification with methadone or buprenorphine) in 2008. Twenty-six of the 47 reporting States and jurisdictions had discharges for this type of service [Table 9.1]. Discharges aged 12 and older from medication-assisted opioid detoxification included 58 percent from outpatient detoxification, 24 percent from free-standing residential detoxification, and 18 percent from hospital detoxification (see Chapter 1).

Reason for Discharge

Table 9.1 and Figure 9.1. Of the 17,232 discharges aged 12 and older from medication-assisted opioid detoxification 2008 aged 12 and older:1

Figure 9.1
Reason for discharge from medication-assisted opioid detoxification: TEDS 2008

Pie chart comparing Reason for discharge from medication-assisted opioid detoxification: TEDS 2008

SOURCE: Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality, Substance Abuse and Mental Health
Services Administration, Treatment Episode Data Set (TEDS). Data received through 5.06.10.


1 Percentages do not sum to 100 percent because of rounding.


Median Length of Stay (LOS)

Table 1.4 and Figure 9.2. The median LOS in 2008 for medication-assisted opioid detoxification discharges aged 12 and older was 10 days. By reason for discharge, the median LOS for medication-assisted opioid detoxification discharges was:

Figure 9.2
Median length of stay in medication-assisted opioid detoxification, by reason for discharge: TEDS 2008

Bar chart comparing Median length of stay in medication-assisted opioid detoxification, by reason for discharge: TEDS 2008

SOURCE: Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality, Substance Abuse and Mental Health
Services Administration, Treatment Episode Data Set (TEDS). Data received through 5.06.10.

Characteristics at Admission

Table 1.6. Medication-assisted opioid detoxification discharges aged 12 and older displayed some major differences from all discharges aged 12 and older combined. Of medication-assisted opioid detoxification discharges aged 12 and older:

Treatment Completion

Tables 9.2 and 9.3. Table 9.2 enumerates the characteristics at admission of discharges aged 12 and over from medication-assisted opioid detoxification by reason for discharge. Table 9.3 is based on Table 9.2. It presents two related proportions: a) the percent distribution of characteristics at admission among discharges completing treatment or transferring to further treatment compared to those who did not complete treatment, and b) the combined rate of completion or transfer to further treatment by characteristic at admission. Table 9.3 also provides the median LOS among medication-assisted opioid detoxification discharges aged 12 and over that completed treatment.

Completion/Transfer Rates and Characteristics at Admission

The overall combined treatment completion/transfer rate among medication-assisted opioid detoxification discharges aged 12 and over was 58 percent.

Median LOS among Discharges Completing Treatment

The overall median LOS in 2008 among discharges aged 12 and older completing medication-assisted opioid detoxification was 5 days.

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