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SAMHSA’s Award-Winning Newsletter
January/February 2009, Volume 17, Number 1 

Trends in the Co-Abuse of Alcohol & Drugs

According to a recent SAMHSA report on treatment admissions over a 10-year period, the co-abuse of alcohol and drugs continues to be a significant problem.

Treatment Episode Data Set (TEDS): 1996-2006: National Admissions to Substance Abuse Treatment Services (PDF size: 7.84 MB) reports that in 2006, 39 percent of all admissions reported problems with both alcohol and drugs—21 percent reported primary drug abuse with secondary alcohol abuse, and 18 percent reported primary alcohol abuse with secondary drug abuse.

Primary alcohol abuse declined from 51 percent of TEDS admissions in 1996 to 40 percent in 2006. Primary drug abuse increased from 47 percent in 1996 to 58 percent in 2005 and 2006.

The chart illustrates five separate data sets represented in different colors. Primary alcohol abuse (in red) declined from 51 percent of admissions in 1996 to 40 percent of admissions 10 years later in 2006.

Admissions by Alcohol/Drug Co-Abuse: TEDS 1996-2006

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Chart showing admissions by alcohol/drug co-abuse: TEDS 1996-2006

Source: SAMHSA Office of Applied Studies. Treatment Episode Data Set (TEDS) 1996-2006. Data received through October 9, 2007. Figure 2. Trends in the Co-Abuse of Alcohol and Drugs. July 2008.

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Read more about the information in the chart on page 13 of Treatment Episode Data Set (TEDS): 1996-2006: National Admissions to Substance Abuse Treatment Services (PDF size: 7.84 MB).




  New Tools for the Field  
Drug-Free Workplaces: Cost-Effective Help

Drug-Free Workplaces: Cost-Effective Help

Fourteen new informational briefs can help employers address substance use problems.

Helping People with Mental Illness Live in the Community

Helping People with Mental Illness Live in the Community

Build and strengthen an Assertive Community Treatment team using a new toolkit.

TIP 48: Managing Depressive Symptoms

Managing Depressive Symptoms

Depressive symptoms can interfere with your clients’ recovery and ability to participate in treatment.


  Special Populations  
Older Adults & Substance Abuse

Older Adults & Substance Abuse

Think drug abuse is just a problem among adolescents and college kids? Many adults age 50 and older report substance abuse.


  Suicide Prevention  
Substance Abuse & Suicide: Connection Explored

Substance Abuse & Suicide: Connection Explored

Substance abuse is a major risk factor for suicide. Experts weigh in on how to address the problem.

Lifeline Partners with YouTube

Lifeline Partners with YouTube

What do you do if you think someone on YouTube may be at risk for suicide?

Dr. Phil Promotes Lifeline on YouTube

SAMHSA’s National Suicide Prevention Lifeline took center stage when it was promoted as a resource on “Dr. Phil.”


  Recovery  
2009’s Recovery Month Web Site Launched

2009’s Recovery Month Web Site Launched

Recovery Month celebrates its 20th year in September!


  Trends and Data  
Youth & Substance Abuse: 5-Year Changes

Youth & Substance Abuse: 5-Year Changes

Youth show declines in cigarette, alcohol, and illicit drug use from 2002 to 2007.

Marijuana & Adolescents

Marijuana & Adolescents

There’s a connection between use of marijuana by young people and their perceptions of how risky that use may be.

Serious Psychological Distress

Serious Psychological Distress

In 2007, 24.3 million adults age 18 or older experienced past-year serious psychological distress.


  Also In This Issue  
Web 2.0 & Homelessness Resource Center

Web 2.0 & Homelessness Resource Center

Tune in to the new monthly Webcast series and share your opinions about things you read.

Introducing Our Print Redesign

Introducing Our Print Redesign

SAMHSA News in print has a whole new look! Find out what we changed and why.



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