Pain Reliever Abuse among Substance Abuse Treatment Admissions

The age distribution of TEDS admissions aged 12 and older changed between 1998 and 2008. Admissions aged 30 to 44 years made up 49 percent of TEDS admissions in 1998, but only 36 percent in 2008. The proportion of admissions aged 45 and older increased from 15 percent in 1998 to 24 percent in 2008. The proportion of admissions aged 18 to 29 years increased from 28 percent in 1998 to 33 percent in 2008. The proportion of admissions aged 12-17 was stable at about 8 percent. The age distribution of TEDS treatment admissions aged 12 and older differed considerably from that of the U.S. population. In 2008, some 69 percent of TEDS admissions were aged 18 to 44 years compared to 44 percent of the U.S. population. Adolescents aged 12 to 17 years made up 7 percent of TEDS admissions but 10 percent of the US population. Admissions aged 45 and older made up 24 percent of TEDS admissions but 46 percent of the U.S. population.

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