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Addiction Treatment in Kentucky

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, Kentucky showed a total of 18,576 clients in addiction treatment, the majority of whom (16,627 or 89.5%) were in outpatient addiction treatment. Of the total number of clients in treatment on this date, 1,150 were under the age of 18.

Across the years for which TEDS data are available, Kentucky has seen a substantial shift in the constellation of problems present at treatment admission. Alcohol-only admissions have remained relatively steady, while drug-only admissions have tripled from 9% in 1997 to 30 percent in 2010. Half of all admissions in 2010 were addicted to both drugs and alcohol.

Kentucky Addiction Treatment Admissions

Kentucky Primary Addiction Treatment Admissions: The graph at right depicts substance abuse treatment admissions in Kentucky in 2010. Other opiates, mainly prescription painkillers, are the most commonly treated addiction in the state, followed by marijuana and cocaine.

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 Kentucky

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 Kentucky coalitions received grants from ONDCP:

7th Street Corridor PAL Coalition (Louisville)
Breckinridge County Coalition for Change
Bullit County Partners in Prevention
Calloway County Alliance for Substance Abuse Prevention (CCASAP)
Campbell/Taylor Anti-Drug Coalition
Carter County Drug Task Force
Champions for Drug Free McCreary County
Champions for Drug Free Carroll County
Community Solutions for Substance Abuse (Owensboro)
Corbin Community Coalition
Green County KY ASAP (Agency for Substance Abuse Policy)
Hancock County Partners for a Healthy Community and Healthy Youth
Henry County CARE Team
Kenton County Alliance to Prevent Substance Abuse
Kentucky Agency for Substance Abuse Policy - Northern Kentucky Board
Knott Drug Abuse Council
Magoffin County Local Board for KY – ASAP/ Coalition
Mayor's Alliance on Substance Abuse (Lexington)
McLean County Community Coalition
Ohio County Together We Care
Owsley County Drug Awareness Council
Portland Now Prevention Partnership
Prevention Advocates for Tomorrow's Health (PATH) Coalition
Rowan County UNITE Coalition, Inc.
Russell County Partners in Prevention
Scott Countians Against Drugs
Seven Counties Services
Shelby County Drug/ Alcohol Advisory Council, Inc.
The Monroe County KY-ASAP Board
The Save Our Kids Coalition
The Scottsville Allen County Faith Coalition, Inc.
Trimble CARES

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