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Addiction Treatment in South CarolinaState 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, South Carolina showed a total of 14,490 clients in addiction treatment, the majority of whom (13,747 or 95%) were in outpatient addiction treatment. Of the total number of clients in treatment on this date, 1,395 were under the age of 18.

Across the years for which TEDS data are available, South Carolina has seen a substantial shift in the constellation of problems present at treatment admission. Alcohol-only admissions have declined from 46% of all admissions in 1992, to 21% in 2010. Drug and drug-and-alcohol addictions now account for the majority of patients.

South Carolina Addiction Treatment Admissions

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

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 South Carolina coalitions received grants from ONDCP:

ACORE/CORA Coalition (Greenwood)
All On Board Coalition (Rock Hill)
Chesterfield County Coordinating Council
Community Roundtable of Irmo, Dutch Fork, and Chapin
Florence County Coalition for Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Prevention
Greenville Safe Communities Drug Free Alliance
Lexington One Community Coalition
RCSC Coalition (Columbia)
Richland One Community Coalition
Spartanburg Youth Council
The Rise Above It: Lexington Two Community Coalition

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