Alcohol and other drug (AOD) treatment services assist people to address their drug use. Treatment objectives can include reduction or cessation of drug use as well as improvements to social and personal functioning. Assistance may also be provided to support the family and friends of people using drugs.
clients received just over 206,600 treatment episodes from publicly funded specialised AOD treatment services in 2015–16
for amphetamine use has more than doubled over the last 5 years (from 11% in 2011–12 to 23% in 2015–16)
publicly funded agencies provided services in 2015–16—an increase of 17% since 2011–12
clients receiving opioid pharmacotherapy treatment were treated with methadone. Heroin was the most common opioid drug of dependence for which treatment was sought
(32%) AOD treatment episodes in 2015–16 were primarily for alcohol
(67%) of AOD clients were male and just over half (55%) were aged 20–39
clients received opioid pharmacotherapy treatment from authorised prescribers for opioid drug dependence (excluding Victoria and the ACT) in 2016
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