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Addiction Treatment in MontanaState 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, Montana showed a total of 3,114 clients in addiction treatment, the majority of whom (2,732 or 87.7%) were in outpatient addiction treatment. Of the total number of clients in treatment on this date, 278 were under the age of 18.

Across the years for which TEDS data are available, Montana has seen a substantial shift in the constellation of problems present at treatment admission. Alcohol-only admissions have declined from 45% of all admissions in 1992 to 33% in 2010. Patients suffering from drug and alcohol addictions now account for over 50% of admissions.

MontanaAddiction Treatment Admissions

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

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 Montana

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 2011, the following Montana coalitions received grants from ONDCP:

Butte Cares, Inc.
Phillips County Coalition for Healthy Choices
Ravalli County Prevention Coalition
Richland County Partnership for Promise
Roots of Promise: Alliance for Children and Families
Teens Against Drugs and Alcohol (TADA) (Superior)
Youth Connections (Helena)
Sheridan County Youth Action Council/Community Incentive Program

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