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released: 28 Jun 2017 author: AIHW media release

In 2015–16, about 796 alcohol and other drug treatment services provided just over 206,600 treatment episodes to an estimated 134,000 clients. The top 4 drugs that led clients to seek treatment were alcohol (32% of treatment episodes), cannabis (23%), amphetamines (23%), and heroin (6%). The proportion of episodes where clients were receiving treatment for amphetamines has continued to rise over the 5 years to 2015–16, from 12% of treatment episodes in 2011–12 to 23% in 2015–16. The median age of clients in AOD treatment services is rising, from 31 in 2006–07 to 33 in 2015–16.

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Publication contents

  • Alcohol and other drug treatment services in Australia 2015–16
    • Preliminary pages
      • Title & verso title pages
      • Contents
      • Acknowledgments
      • Abbreviations
      • Notes
      • Summary
    • Body content
      • 1 Introduction
        • 1.1 Drug use in Australia
        • 1.2 National Drug Strategy
        • 1.3 Alcohol and other drug treatment services
        • 1.4 The AODTS NMDS
        • 1.5 Report structure
      • 2 At a glance
        • 2.1 Agencies
        • 2.2 Clients
        • 2.3 Drugs of concern and treatment provided
      • 3 Agencies
        • 3.1 Number of agencies
        • 3.2 Service sector
        • 3.3 Remoteness area
      • 4 Drugs of concern
        • 4.1 Alcohol
        • 4.2 Cannabis
        • 4.3 Amphetamines
        • 4.4 Heroin
        • 4.5 Selected other drugs
      • 5 Treatment provided
        • 5.1 Characteristics of clients and episodes
        • 5.2 Location of treatment
        • 5.3 Referral to treatment
        • 5.4 Duration of treatment
        • 5.5 Treatment completion
        • 5.6 Treatment types
    • End matter
      • Appendix A: Data and methods
      • Appendix B: Imputation methodology for alcohol and other drug treatment services clients
      • Glossary
      • References
      • List of tables
      • List of figures
      • List of boxes
      • Related publications
    • State and territory summaries

Recommended citation

AIHW 2017. Alcohol and other drug treatment services in Australia 2015–16. Drug treatment series no. 29. Cat. no. HSE 187. Canberra: AIHW.

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