The DASIS Report: Homeless Admissions to Substance Abuse
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to SAMHSA's Treatment Episode Data Set (TEDS), more than 175,300 admissions
to substance abuse treatment in 2004 were homeless at time of admission.
The admissions who were homeless comprised 13% of all admissions for
which living arrangements were recorded; an increase from 10% TEDS admissions
reported to be homeless in 2000. Almost half of the homeless admissions
in substance abuse treatment (47%) were white.
was the primary substance of abuse for more than half of the substance
abuse treatment admissions who were homeless (52%), followed by opiates
(21%), and cocaine (17%).
largest difference in primary substance of abuse between homeless admissions
and those who were not homeless was found among American Indians/ Alaska
Natives. A greater proportion of American Indians/ Alaska Natives admissions
who were homeless reported alcohol abuse than American Indians/ Alaska
Natives who were not homeless (78% vs. 58%).
Homeless admissions were more likely than substance abuse treatment
admissions who were not homeless to refer themselves for treatment (48%
vs. 33%) and were over twice as likely to have had five or more prior
admissions to substance abuse treatment (21% vs. 9%).
on homeless persons
on American Indians/ Alaska Natives
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Report, The DASIS Report: Homeless
Admissions to Substance Abuse Treatment: 2004, is based on the Drug
and Alcohol Services Information System (DASIS), the primary source
of national data on substance abuse treatment. DASIS is conducted
Office of Applied Studies (OAS) in the Substance
Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).