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SAMHSA’s Award-Winning Newsletter
May/June 2010, Volume 18, Number 3 

Metro Brief graphic showing U.S. map

Reports Examine Treatment Data by Metro Area

The United States is vast, and the substance abuse problems on the west coast may not be the same as those on the east coast.

To provide a more detailed understanding of substance abuse treatment activities in 27 metropolitan areas, SAMHSA developed a series of Metro Briefs.

“These briefs provide very valuable insight into the nature and scope of the behavioral health challenges facing each of these important communities,” said Peter J. Delany, Ph.D., LCSW-C, Director of SAMHSA’s Office of Applied Studies. “The data can help public health agencies, service providers, and partnering organizations identify the major problems affecting their communities and develop the most effective means for addressing them.”

Data include:

  • Key demographic characteristics of treatment admissions (e.g., gender, age, race/ethnicity)
  • Breakdowns on the substances of abuse involved in treatment admissions
  • Breakdowns on the admission referral sources (e.g., community organizations, individuals/self, criminal justice systems)
  • Types of care provided by area facilities (e.g., outpatient, residential, detoxification).

The briefs are based on the Treatment Episode Data Set (TEDS)—which collects information on the characteristics of people admitted to substance abuse treatment—and the National Survey of Substance Abuse Treatment Services (N-SSATS), an annual survey of treatment facilities.

Download Metro Briefs.

Treatment Data from Opposite Shores

What types of data are in the Metro Briefs? See below for examples from California and Maryland.

Cover of a Metro Brief report from San Diego – click to view

San Diego

In 2008, there were approximately 13,600 total substance abuse treatment admissions in San Diego.

Both males and females reported methamphetamine as their primary substance of abuse more often than other substances, followed by alcohol, marijuana, and heroin.

In 2008, 136 facilities in San Diego offered substance abuse treatment services: 89 facilities offered outpatient care, 64 facilities offered non-hospital residential care, and 3 facilities offered hospital inpatient care.

In 2008, 8 of the 136 treatment facilities (6 percent) in San Diego operated opioid treatment programs (OTPs). On a typical day, 1,930 clients at these OTPs received medication-assisted opioid therapy with methadone or buprenorphine.

See more data on San Diego.

Cover of a Metro Brief report from Baltimore – click to view

Baltimore

In 2008, there were approximately 25,000 total substance abuse treatment admissions in Baltimore.

Both males and females reported heroin as their primary substance of abuse more often than other substances.

In 2008, 220 facilities in Baltimore offered substance abuse treatment services: 184 facilities offered outpatient care, 47 facilities offered non-hospital residential care, and 9 facilities offered hospital inpatient care.

In 2008, 44 of the 220 treatment facilities (20 percent) in Baltimore operated OTPs. On a typical day, 11,776 clients at these OTPs received medication-assisted opioid therapy with methadone or buprenorphine.

See more data on Baltimore.


  Cover Story & Related Articles  
Promoting Wellness in Early Childhood

Promoting Wellness in Early Childhood

Project LAUNCH focuses on children from birth to age 8.


  From the Administrator  
Your Responses to What's in a Term?

Your Responses to “What’s in a Term?”

Comments are continuing to arrive in SAMHSA’s email reader-response box. Thank you! Read the responses so far.

Your Comments, Ideas, Personal Stories . . .

Your Comments, Ideas, Personal Stories . . .

SAMHSA has received more than 150 emails in response to the Administrator’s call for comments. Read selected responses.


  Health Reform  

Affordable Care Act: Implications for Behavioral Health

The Act improves services for people who have mental health and substance use disorders.



  Suicide Prevention in American  
  Indian Communities  
Helping Youth “Live To See the Great Day That Dawns”

Helping Youth “Live To See the Great Day That Dawns”

AI/AN youth are 10 times more likely to attempt suicide.

First-Person: Commitment, Hope, Community

Collaborating across tribes helped create a needed publication for AI/AN youth.



  Teens & Substance Abuse  
Adolescents Do What Every Day?

Adolescents Do What Every Day?

A day in the life may include more than texting and homework.

Tobacco Sales to Minors Increasing?

Tobacco Sales to Minors Increasing?

Sales of tobacco to minors increased nationally in 2009.

Youth Smoking & Maternal Risk Factors

Youth Smoking & Maternal Risk Factors

If a mother smokes, does that affect her teen?

Teen Smoking: New Data

Trends in young people’s smoking habits.



  Treatment  
TIP 49 in Your Pocket

TIP 49 in Your Pocket

Pocket “Quick Guides” for counselors and physicians.

By Metro Area: Treatment Data

By Metro Area: Treatment Data

Activities in 27 metro areas include Baltimore and San Diego — Metro Briefs.


  Awards  
PRISM Awards Honor Films, Television

PRISM Awards Honor Films, Television

Kudos for the realistic depiction of substance abuse and mental illness in film and TV.


  Staff in the News  
Leadership Award to Kana Enomoto

Leadership Award to Kana Enomoto

The Arthur S. Flemming Awards honors SAMHSA’s Kana Enomoto.


  Ending Seclusion & Restraint  

Organizations Making a Difference

SAMHSA honors facilities for reducing these practices.



  Drug Abuse Warning Network  
  (DAWN)  

Rise in Nonmedical Use of Pain Relievers

Emergency visits double for prescription opioid pain relievers.



  Recovery Month  
Toolkits, Posters Available

Toolkits, Posters Available

For September, planning materials at RecoveryMonth.gov.



  


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