Addiction Treatment in Tennessee

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Addiction Treatment in TennesseeState 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, Tennessee showed a total of 17,451 clients in addiction treatment, the majority of whom (15,396 or 88.2%) were in outpatient addiction treatment. Of the total number of clients in treatment on this date, 1,023 were under the age of 18.

Across the last 15 years, there has been a steady decline in the number of admissions mentioning alcohol and a concomitant increase in the percentage of admissions mentioning opiates other than heroin. Tennessee has seen a substantial shift in the constellation of problems present at treatment admission. Drug-only admissions have increased, from 18 percent of all admissions in 1992, to 47.6 percent in 2010.

Tennessee Addiction Treatment Admissions

Tennessee Primary Addiction Treatment Admissions: The graph at right depicts substance abuse treatment admissions in Tennessee in 2010. The data shows that other opiates, including prescription drugs, is the most commonly cited drug among primary drug treatment admissions in Tennessee, 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 Drug Free Communities (DFC) Program

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 Tennessee coalitions received grants from ONDCP:

Anderson County Allies for Substance Abuse Prevention 
Blount County Substance Abuse Prevention Action Team
Boys & Girls Club of Cleveland
Coffee County Anti-Drug Coalition
Community Anti-Drug Coalition of Jackson County, Tennessee
Community Anti-Drug Coalition of Rutherford County
Franklin County Prevention Coalition
Houston County Drug Alliance, Inc. 
Monroe County Alcohol and Drug Task Force
Roane County Anti-Drug Coalition, Inc.
Scott County Coalition-STAND
Washington County Anti-Drug Coalition

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