Criminal Justice System Puts More Rural Addicts in Rehab, Report Says


Rural substance abuse treatment admissions were more likely than urban admissions to be referrals from the criminal justice system, said a new report by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, a public health agency within the Department of Health and Human Services.

The survey report, A Comparison of Rural and Urban Substance Abuse Treatment Admissions, was based on findings from SAMHSA's Treatment Episode Data Set (TEDS) for 2009.

Researchers found that a little over half of substance abuse referrals (51.6%) came from the criminal justice system compared to only a little of a quarter (28.4 %) of referrals came from urban areas.

Rural admissions were younger than urban admissions, less racially and ethnically diverse, and more likely to be employed (18 or older) full or part-time, the survey said.

Access the report here.

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