Friday, March 27, 2009

Are You As Smart As A Substance Abuse Professional? Most common drug accounting for treatment admissions to substance abuse programs in the U.S.?

Question: What drug of abuse accounts for the majority of admissions to substance abuse treatment programs in the United States in 2007?

A: Heroin

B: Marijuana

C: Methamphetamine

D: Alcohol

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David G. Markham said...

The correct answer is D: Alcohol. SAMSHA collects which comprises the Treatment Episode Data Set. In 2007 about 40% of the 1.8 million admissions for substance abuse treatment in the United States were for alcohol. 16% were for marijuana, 14% were for heroin, and 8% were for methamphetamine. For more information click here.The most deadly and biggest addiction in the United States is tobacco which kills over 400,000 people per year but people aren't admitted to treatment faciities to treat nicotine addiction. The next biggest killer is alcohol which kills over 100,000 people a year and is the major drug for which treatment is provided.

Robin Edgar said...

What about the abuse of legally prescribed drugs of various kinds, including amphetamines like Adderall David? Any idea where that comes into this question? I have a feeling that most abuse of prescription drugs goes unreported and untreated. Am I right?