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Drug and Alcohol Rehab in MassachusettsState 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, Massachusetts showed a total of 39,444 clients in addiction treatment, the majority of whom (35,007 or 88.8%) were in outpatient addiction treatment. Of the total number of clients in treatment on this date, 1,948 were under the age of 18.

Across the years for which TEDS data are available, Massachusetts has seen a substantial shift in the constellation of problems present at treatment admission. Alcohol-only admissions have declined from 29 percent of all admissions in 1992, to 14% in 2010. Concomitantly, drug-only admissions have increased from 18% to 44%.

Massachusetts Addiction Treatment Admissions

Massachusetts Primary Addiction Treatment Admissions: The graph at right depicts substance abuse treatment admissions in Massachusetts in 2010. The data shows that heroin is far and away from the most commonly abused substances, followed by opiates including prescription painkillers, cocaine, and marijuana.

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 Massachusetts

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 Massachusetts coalitions received grants from ONDCP:

Alliance for Substance Abuse Prevention, Inc.
Allston-Brighton Substance Abuse Task Force
Arlington Youth Health & Safety Coalition
Avon Coalition for Every Student
B.O.L.D. Coalition of Greater Fall River
Brookline Coalition Against Substance Abuse
Chelsea Mobilizing for Change on Alcohol and Other Drugs
Coalition for Teens (Greenfield)
Communities That Care (Greenfield)
Communities that Care Lynn
Danvers Cares
Dorchester Substance Abuse Coalition
Everett Community Health Improvement Part. SA Coalition
Falmouth Substance Abuse Commission
Gardner Community Action Team
Gill-Montague Community-School Partnership (GMCSP)
Healthy Gloucester Collaborative
Healthy Peabody Collaborative
Holyoke Youth Task Force
Impact Quincy
Lowell Roundtable on Substance Abuse Prevention
Mason Square Coalition
Mayor’s Task Force to Reduce Substance Abuse
Medford Matters
Melrose Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition
Middleboro Youth Advocates
Natick Together2
Needham Youth Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition
Northampton Prevention Coalition
OASIS Coalition (Organizing Against Substance in Stoughton)
Reading Coalition Against Substance Abuse (RCASA)
South Boston Families Advocating 
Neighborhood Strength (FANS)
Southern Berkshire Youth Coalition
Strategic Planning Initiative for Families and Youth
The Dukes County Health Council Youth Task Force (YTF)
The Pittsfield Prevention Partnership (PPP) Community Coalition
Wayland Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition
Weymouth Youth Coalition

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