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The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) has published the annual “Alcohol and other drug treatment services in Australia 2017 - 18: key findings.”  This report presents data collected as a part of the Alcohol and Other Drug Treatment Services National Minimum Data Set (AODTS NMDS). The report shows that during the period there were 952 publicly funded AOD treatment agencies who provided 209,287 treatment episodes to 130,031 clients aged 10 or over. Two-thirds (66%) of all clients receiving treatment were male and the median age of clients was 34 years.  The most common principal drugs of concern were alcohol (34% of all treatment episodes), amphetamines (25%), cannabis (21%) and heroin (5%), and nationally, counselling was the most common treatment type (39%).

Go to “Alcohol and other drug treatment services in Australia 2017 - 18: key findings.”

National Opioid Pharmacotherapy Statistics - 2018 

The AIHW has also published their annual “National Opioid Pharmacotherapy Statistics Annual Data” (NOPSAD) collection 2018.  The collection found that on a snapshot day in 2018, just over 50,000 clients received pharmacotherapy treatment for their opioid dependence at 2,852 dosing points across Australia, 1 in 10 identified as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders and there were a total of 3,168 authorised prescribers of opioid pharmacotherapy drugs.

Click here to access the NOPSAD 2018 Report

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