October is National Substance Abuse Prevention Month
October focuses on the role of substance abuse prevention in our communities.
Research and data play an important role in shaping practice and prevention strategies. Data on the SAMHDA website can be used to address questions such as:
- How do substance abuse treatment admissions vary by state? [TEDS-A]
- Are there gender differences in the mental health services used by youth in the U.S.? [NSDUH]
- What proportion of clients receive methadone during substance abuse treatment? [N-SSATS}
- What is the average length of stay for short-term residential treatment admissions? [TEDS-D]
- What percent of Emergency Department visits in 2011 involved energy drinks? [DAWN]
You can investigate these questions and more using data in the SAMHDA archive:
- Drug Abuse Warning Network (DAWN)
A nationally representative public health surveillance system that continuously monitors drug-related visits to hospital emergency departments (EDs).
- National Survey of Substance Abuse Treatment Services (N-SSATS)
Includes information from all facilities in the United States, both public and private, that provide substance abuse treatment.
- National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH)
Contains information on the prevalence, patterns, and consequences of alcohol, tobacco, and illegal drug use and abuse in the general U.S. civilian non institutionalized population, age 12 and older.
- Treatment Episode Data Set - Admissions (TEDS-A)
Provides annual data on the number and characteristics of persons admitted to public and private substance abuse treatment programs receiving public funding.
- Treatment Episode Data Set - Discharges (TEDS-D)
Provides descriptive information about discharges from alcohol or drug treatment.