In Victoria, 136 publicly funded alcohol and other drug treatment agencies and outlets supplying data provided 47,089 treatment episodes in 2008–09. This represented a decrease of 2 agencies and around 500 treatment episodes compared with 2007–08. The median1 age of persons receiving treatment for their own drug use and those seeking treatment for someone else’s drug use (31 years and 33 years, respectively) was similar to 2007–08.

Alcohol (44%), cannabis (24%), opioids (19%, with heroin alone accounting for 15%), and amphetamines (7%) were again the most common principal drugs of concern.

Counselling was the most common form of main treatment provided (accounting for 47% of episodes, the same as 2007–08), followed by withdrawal management (detoxification) (21%) and support and case management only (14%).

  1. The median is the midpoint of a list of observations ranked from the smallest to the largest.