Report Analyzes Trends in State Substance Use Treatment Admissions

The Office of Behavioral Health’s Data and Evaluation Team presented their annual Drug Trends Analysis report in August 2018. This report summarizes findings from a nine-year trend analysis based on substance use treatment data from OBH-licensed facilities. The analysis focused on the six main substances that comprise 98 percent of all substance use treatment records: alcohol, marijuana, cocaine, methamphetamine, heroin and prescription opioids.
 
Highlights of this presentation include:  
 
3,130 more people received substance use treatment in 2017 (N=41,268) compared to 2016 (N=38,138)
Alcohol is the leading substance for which people have sought treatment since 2009
In 2017, heroin and methamphetamine accounted for more than 40 percent of treatment admissions
Prescription opioid treatment rates have remained stable, but heroin treatment admissions have increased by 132 percent since 2013
Methamphetamine treatment admissions have increased by 63 percent since 2013
Marijuana treatment admissions have decreased by 7 percent
25- through 34-year-olds account for the highest volume of treatment admissions for five out of six substances observed
White race and male gender continue to be the most frequent demographics admitted to treatment
The gender gap is the smallest for prescription opioids
 

The table below summarizes the percent change in treatment admissions by drug:

 

Alcohol

Marijuana

Cocaine

Meth

Heroin

Rx Opioids

2013

13,278

6,069

1,775

5,745

3,228

2,282

2017

14,380

5,665

1,503

9,354

7,475

2,219

% Change

8.3%

-6.7%

-15.3%

62.8%

131.6%

2.8%

A copy of the presentation can be found on the CDHS Publications & Reports page under Behavorial Health. If you have questions about this report, please write Stephanie.Russell@state.co.us.