SAMHSA reports increases in admissions due to drugs, alcohol

06/23/2011 | HealthDay News

The U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration reported increases in the percentage of treatment center admissions for alcohol, prescription drugs and marijuana abuse in the 1999 to 2009 period. According to the report, these substances, along with cocaine and methamphetamine/amphetamines, accounted for 96% of about 2 million admissions during the same period. "This new report shows the challenge our nation's health system must address as the treatment needs of people with drug and alcohol problems continue to evolve," said Pamela S. Hyde, SAMHSA administrator.

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