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SAMHSA News - November/December 2005, Volume 13, Number 6


Estimates of Substance Use in Affected States

SAMHSA's Office of Applied Studies (OAS) has compiled baseline data on pre-hurricane substance use in states affected by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. The data are extracted from the Agency's National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH).

The states highlighted include Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas. Each state's information includes substance use prevalence data, including "substate" data and maps. State-level estimates are based on the 2002 to 2004 surveys, while substate estimates were generated from earlier (1999 to 2001) surveys.

Substate areas are smaller areas as defined by states for treatment planning. For example, in Louisiana the seven state regions, defined in terms of the state's 64 parishes, are provided by the state's Office for Addictive Disorders at the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals.

Other information includes behavioral health program updates, substance abuse data on other states and metropolitan areas, and maps from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

For more information on Katrina/Rita Areas: Baseline State and Sub-State Estimates of Substance Use from the 2002-2004 National Surveys on Drug Use and Health, visit SAMHSA's Web site at http://oas.samhsa.gov/katrina/toc.cfm.

This Web site will be updated as more information becomes available. OAS recommends the PDF version for printing substate data and maps.

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Behavioral Health Data

For specific state information, SAMHSA's Behavioral Health Headlines Database provides access to a Web-based digest of state and national news related to public sector mental health and substance abuse services. Reports are posted biweekly on current issues and trends.

In addition, access is provided to a database of abstracts from the past 5 years of Behavioral Health Headlines—searchable by state, date, and keyword.

For more information on this database, visit http://www.samhsa.gov/SBHH/search.asp.

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