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TEDS is an aggregate of data collected through disparate State Substance Abuse Agency data collection systems. States have cooperated with the federal government in the data collection process, and significant progress has been made toward developing a standardized data set. However, because each state system is unique, and each State has unique powers and mandates, significant differences exist among States. These differences are compounded by evolving health care payment systems. Thus State-to-State comparisons must be made with extreme caution. Some sources of apparent State-to-State variation in substance abuse patterns include:

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