Chapter 10

Medication-Assisted Opioid Detoxification Discharges: 2006

Reason for Discharge

Median Length of Stay (LOS)

Characteristics at Admission

Treatment Completion

Chapter 10 presents data on the reason for discharge and median length of stay (LOS) in treatment for the 16,652 linked admission/discharge records of discharges from medication-assisted (i.e., with methadone or buprenorphine) opioid detoxification in 2006. Twenty-two of the 42 reporting States had discharges for this type of service [Table 10.1]. Medication-assisted opioid detoxification includes free-standing residential detoxification, hospital detoxification, and outpatient detoxification (see Chapter 2).

Reason for Discharge

Table 10.1 and Figure 10.1. Of the 16,652 medication-assisted opioid detoxification discharges in 2006:1

Figure 10.1
Reason for discharge from medication-assisted opioid detoxification: TEDS 2006

Pie chart comparing Reason for discharge from medication-assisted opioid detoxification in TEDS 2006

Median Length of Stay (LOS)

Table 2.4 and Figure 10.2. The median LOS for medication-assisted opioid detoxification discharges was 14 days. By reason for discharge, the median LOS for medication-assisted opioid detoxification discharges was:

Characteristics at Admission

Table 2.6. Medication-assisted opioid detoxification discharges displayed some major differences from all discharges combined. Of medication-assisted opioid detoxification discharges:

Figure 10.2
Median length of stay in medication-assisted opioid detoxification, by reason for discharge: TEDS 2006

Bar chart comparing Median length of stay in medication-assisted opioid detoxification, by reason for discharge in TEDS 2006

Treatment Completion

Tables 10.2 and 10.3. Table 10.2 enumerates the characteristics at admission of discharges from outpatient medication-assisted opioid therapy by reason for discharge. Table 10.3 is based on Table 10.2. 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.

Completion/Transfer Rates and Characteristics at Admission

The overall combined treatment completion/transfer rate among medication-assisted opioid detoxification discharges was 55 percent.

Median LOS among Discharges Completing Treatment

The overall median LOS among discharges completing medication-assisted opioid detoxification was 10 days. For most characteristics at admission, the median LOS fell within 4 days of that number, between 6 days and 14 days.


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

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