Monday, 22 June 2015

Alcohol and other drug treatment services in Australia 2013-14 (AIHW)

Alcohol and other drug treatment services in Australia 2013-14 reveals that a round 119,000 clients were estimated to have received over 180,700 treatment episodes from 795 publicly funded alcohol and other drug treatment agencies in 2013-14. Alcohol was the most common drug leading clients aged 30 and over to seek treatment, while cannabis was most common for clients aged 10-29.

Over the 5 years from 2009-10, there has been an increase in the proportion of episodes where amphetamines were the principal drug on concern (from 7% to 17%) and an increase in smoking/inhaling as the method of administration for amphetamines. A majority of treatment episodes had a duration of three months or less, and counselling remains the most common treatment type.

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