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Addiction Treatment in Utah

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, Utah showed a total of 12,993 clients in addiction treatment, the majority of whom (11,497 or 88.5%) were in outpatient addiction treatment. Of the total number of clients in treatment on this date, 1,567 were under the age of 18.

Across the years for which TEDS data are available, Utah has seen a substantial shift in the constellation of problems present at treatment admission. Alcohol-only admissions have declined from 56% of all admissions in 1992, to 16% in 2010. Patients suffering from combinations of alcohol and drug abuse accounted for 48% of patients admitted in 2010.

Utah Addiction Treatment Admissions

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

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 Utah

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 Utah coalitions received grants from ONDCP:

Northern Utah Substance Abuse Prevention Team
Safety Solutions Coalition (Cedar City)
Salt Lake City Mayor's Coalition
South Salt Lake Coalition for Drug Free Youth
The Substance Misuse and Abuse Reduction Team (SMART)

Information compiled above is courtesy of: cdc.gov, oas.samhsa.gov, ondcp.gov, datafiles.samhsa.gov, dasis.samhsa.gov