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Addiction Treatment in Alaska

State treatment data for substance use disorders are derived from two primary sources-an annual one-day census in N-SSATS and annual addiction treatment admissions from the Treatment Episode Data Set (TEDS). In the 2010 N-SSATS survey, Alaska showed a total of 3,218 clients in addiction treatment, the majority of whom (2,835 or 88.1%) were in outpatient addiction treatment. Of the total number of clients in treatment on this date, 243 were under the age of 18.

Across the last 12 years, there has been relative stability in the number of substances of abuse mentioned at treatment admission. In 2010 out of the 3,218 clients admitted in Alaska to a substance abuse treatment facility, over 90% were admitted for alcohol addiction, about 40% with both alcohol and drug abuse problems and under 10% of clients were admitted solely for drug abuse.

Alaska Addiction Treatment Admissions

Alaska Primary Addiction Treatment Admissions: The graph at right depicts substance abuse treatment admissions in Alaska in 2010. The data shows that marijuana is the most commonly cited drug among primary drug treatment admissions in Alaska, followed by opiates, and heroin.

The National Survey of Substance Abuse Treatment Services (N-SSATS) is an annual survey of facilities providing substance abuse treatment. It is conducted by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). N-SSATS is designed to collect data on the location, characteristics, services offered, and number of clients in treatment at alcohol and drug abuse treatment facilities (both public and private) throughout the 50 States, the District of Columbia, and other U.S. jurisdictions.

The White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) Support for Community-Based Prevention in Alaska

Recognizing that local problems require local solutions, Drug Free Communities (DFC) organizations mobilize communities to prevent youth drug use by creating local data-driven strategies to reduce drug use in the community. ONDCP works to foster the growth of new coalitions and support existing coalitions through the DFC grants. In FY 2011, the following Alaska coalitions received grants from ONDCP:

Anchorage Youth Development Coalition
Community Action Coalition for Prevention (Soldotna)
Fairbanks Alcohol and Drug Free Coalition
Juneau Drug Free Communities Coalition
Mat-Su Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition
Yakutat Healthy Community Coalition

Information compiled above is courtesy of: cdc.gov, oas.samhsa.gov, ondcp.gov, datafiles.samhsa.gov, dasis.samhsa.gov