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SAMHSA’s Award-Winning Newsletter
September/October 2009, Volume 17, Number 5 

Hispanics & Treatment Need

A recent report from SAMHSA’s Office of Applied Studies, Substance Use Treatment Need and Receipt among Hispanics examines the need for and receipt of alcohol and illicit drug use treatment among Hispanics age 12 or older.

Combined 2002 to 2007 data indicate that an annual average of 8.3 percent (2.6 million) of Hispanics age 12 or older needed alcohol use treatment in the past year, and 3.4 percent (1.1 million) needed illicit drug use treatment.

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Among Hispanics, the prevalence of need for alcohol use treatment was highest among Mexicans (9.2 percent), and the prevalence of need for illicit drug use treatment was highest among Puerto Ricans (6.1 percent).

Treatment Receipt

Among Hispanics in need of alcohol use treatment in the past year, 7.7 percent received that treatment in a specialty facility, and 15.1 percent of those in need of illicit drug use treatment received that treatment in a specialty facility.

The need for alcohol use treatment and illicit drug use treatment, as well as the receipt of illicit drug use treatment among those needing it, were more likely among Hispanics born in the United States than among those not born in the United States.

Past-Year Treatment Need among Hispanics Age 12 or Older, by Nativity: 2002 to 2007

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Chart showing past-year treatment need among Hispanics age 12 or older, by nativity:  2002 to 2007 - click to Enlarge image

Source: SAMHSA, Office of Applied Studies (July 16, 2009). Figure 2. The NSDUH Report: Substance Use Treatment Need and Receipt among Hispanics. Rockville, MD.

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All findings in the report are annual averages based on combined 2002 to 2007 data.

Substance Use Treatment Need and Receipt among Hispanics is available from SAMHSA’s Office of Applied Studies.


  Cover Story & Related Articles  
Recovery: A Philosophy of Hope and Resilience

Recovery: A Philosophy of Hope and Resilience




  Treatment Updates  
Treating Alcohol Disorders with Medication

Treating Alcohol Disorders with Medication

A set of guidelines for use of effective medications, such as naltrexone.

Guidance for Change

Guidance for Change

Substance abuse treatment programs: Here’s a way to integrate evidence-based practices into their services.

Treating Opioid Addiction

Treating Opioid Addiction

Three new educational brochures for patients on medication-assisted treatment for opioid addiction are available.


  Suicide Awareness  
Dealing with Suicide Loss

Dealing with Suicide Loss

To help support survivors of suicide loss, a new guide for funeral directors.

National Study on Suicidal Thoughts and Behaviors

National Study on Suicidal Thoughts and Behaviors

Nearly 8.3 million adults had serious thoughts of suicide in the past year.


  Grants  
Recent Awards

Recent Awards

Millions of dollars in SAMHSA funding is heading to state and community programs.

Tips on Writing a Winning Proposal

Tips on Writing a Winning Proposal

Boost your chances of crafting a winning grant proposal by following an expert’s advice.


  Communications  
Highlights of Recent Conference

Highlights of Recent Conference

New ways to engage partners and the public in improving health through an ongoing dialogue.

Strategic Communications Framework

Public health practice aligns with evidence-based communications to help establish “a common language.”


  Recovery Month  
Recovery Month Launched

Recovery Month Launched

20th anniversary events across the country marked this year’s celebrations, which included a march across the Brooklyn Bridge.

Photo Gallery

SAMHSA’s Dr. Westley Clark, Director of the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment, joined other VIPs to celebrate.


  New Survey Data  
National Survey Shows Overall Drug Use Steady at 8 Percent

National Survey Shows Overall Drug Use Steady at 8 Percent

Among 12- to 17-year-olds, a significant decline was reported in past-month illicit drug use.


  Prevention Update  
FASD Awareness Day

FASD Awareness Day

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Awareness Day emphasized the message, “If you’re pregnant, don’t drink alcohol.”


  Special Populations  

Hispanics

An annual average of 2.6 million Hispanics age 12 or older needed alcohol use treatment in the past year.

American Indians

A recent report examines the 335 identified facilities serving the American Indian and Alaska Native population in 2007.

Race and Ethnicity

New data focus on the need for treatment for substance use and depression among adults age 18 or older by race/ethnicity.


  Also in this Issue  
Statistics on Mental Health Groups

Statistics on Mental Health Groups

Of the 28.8 million adults who received mental health treatment in the past year, about 5.5 percent also received support from a self-help group.

Science and Service Awards

Science and Service Awards

Categories for this year’s awards to 27 organizations included substance abuse prevention, treatment and recovery support services, and more.

GlassBook Project

GlassBook Project

Trauma awareness through art was the topic of a recent presentation as part of SAMHSA’s Consumer Affairs Seminar Series.



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