Index: Health / Subcategory: Alcohol Tobacco & Other Drugs

Substance Abuse Treatment

NOTE: Due to budget cuts, the Colorado Division of Behavioral Health is no longer able to provide COMPASS with updated substance abuse treatment data. The December 2011 update will remain on the COMPASS website and will be updated again in the event funding is restored.

Date Updated: 12/19/2011

The Colorado Division of Behavioral Health collects data from Colorado substance abuse treatment programs that receive public (federal and state) funds comprising some portion of their budgets. These data represent adults, as well as youth and adolescents who participate in treatment. See the 'Additional Information' section for definitions of the treatment and drug types examined.

What this chart shows: Treatment Admissions by Primary Substance in Colorado & Larimer County, 2010

Includes all DACODS data reported to the Division of Behavioral Health as of 11/17/2011

Data Source: Colorado Division of Behavioral Health (data not available online)

See data table

What this chart shows: Treatment Admissions by Drug Type, Excluding Alcohol in Colorado & Larimer County, 2010

Includes all DACODS data reported to the Division of Behavioral Health as of 11/17/2011

Data Source: Colorado Division of Behavioral Health (data not available online)

See data table

What the above data tell us:

In 2009, Larimer County and Colorado reported that the highest number of treatment admissions were for alcohol abuse, averaging more than 40% of all admissions. The next highest treatment category, marijuana, accounted for 25.0% of treatment admissions in Larimer County, which was 14.2% higher than marijuana treatment admissions for Colorado (21.9%). According to the National Survey on Drug Use & Health (NSDUH), Colorado consistently ranks among the top ten states for illicit marijuana use. During this same time, Colorado and Larimer County saw an equal percentage (14.4%) of admissions for methamphetamine (meth) abuse.

In 2009, when admissions for alcohol treatment are excluded, more than one-quarter (26.3%) of all other admissions in Larimer County were identified as being associated with meth.

*The drug types comprising the 'other' bar in the chart include Benzodiazeine tranquilizer, Clonazepam, other sedatives, other tranquilizers, non-prescription Methadone, and other hallucinogens.

What this chart shows: Substance Abuse Treatment by Age in Colorado & Larimer County, 2010

Includes all DACODS data reported to the Division of Behavioral Health as of 11/17/2011

Data Source: Colorado Division of Behavioral Health (data not available online)

See data table

What the above data tell us:

In 2009, Larimer County had a higher percentage of residents under 35 admitted to substance abuse treatment than Colorado. Larimer County adults age 25 to 34 were the largest group to receive treatment (30.8% or 512 adults).

The second largest group receiving treatment was young adults between 18 and 24 (22.5% or 374 adults), which may be partially explained by the presence of Colorado State University and student overuse of alcohol and drugs.

In 2009, 20.9 million people, nationwide, were classified as needing substance abuse treatment, but did not receive any treatment. (National Survey on Drug Use and Health [pdf])

What this chart shows: Substance Abuse Treatment by Gender in Larimer County, 2008-2010

Includes all DACODS data reported to the Division of Behavioral Health as of 11/17/2011

Data Source: Colorado Division of Behavioral Health (data not available online)

See data table

What the above data tell us:

The percentage of Larimer County females admitted for some form of treatment decreased each year since 2006. In 2009, 490 local admissions were female and 1,173 admissions were male. According to a report from SAMHSA, Women in Substance Abuse Treatment [pdf], differences in treatment admissions between genders include:

What this chart shows: Substance Abuse Treatment by Race/Ethnicity in Colorado & Larimer County, 2010

 

Includes all DACODS data reported to the Division of Behavioral Health as of 11/17/2011

Data Source: Colorado Division of Behavioral Health (data not available online)

See data table

What the above data tell us:

Larimer County residents who were admitted to treatment were more likely to be 'White' than the Colorado average (76.9% versus 61.6%). This trend is evident in the previous two years of data as well.

Hispanic/Latinos were overrepresented in Larimer County, with 17.5% of all treatment admissions, whereas Hispanics comprise slightly more than 10% of the County population. (see Population by Race & Ethnicity)

Additional Information:

Definitions -

Types of substance abuse treatment include:

The following drug definitions are from http://www.streetdrugs.org/. Additional drug information is available from the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).

Related Information on COMPASS -

Other Resources -

Industry Standards or Targets:

Healthy People 2010:

Data Tables:

Treatment by Primary Substance

Substance Type

2008

2009

2010

Colorado

Larimer County

Colorado

Larimer County

Colorado

Larimer County

Alcohol

40.7 38.8 42.1 45.4 41.7 43.2

Marijuana

21.6 26.3 21.8 25.0 22.0 22.4

Cocaine

11.7 4.4 9.6 3.9 8.3 3.2

Methamphetamine

15.7 20.2 14.5 14.4 14.6 18.2

Heroin

4.6 3.8 5.4 4.0 5.9 4.5

Other Opiates

4.1 5.5 5.0 5.4 5.8 7.3

Other

1.7 1.1 1.7 1.9 1.7 1.2

*'Other' includes sedatives, other stimulates, hallucinogens and club drugs.

See chart

Treatment by Primary Substance, Excluding Alcohol, 2010

Drug Type

Colorado

Larimer County

#

%

#

%

Marijuana / Hashish

6,667

37.8

361

39.5

Methamphetamine/Other Amphetamines

4,420

25.1

294

32.1

Heroin

1,777

10.1

72

7.9

Other Opiate/ Synthetic Opiate

1,744

9.9

117

12.8

Cocaine / Crack

2,507

14.2

52

5.7

Other

514

2.9

19

2.1

See chart

Treatment by Age

 

Age

 

#/%

2008

2009

2010

Colorado

Larimer County

Colorado

Larimer County

Colorado

Larimer County

17 & Under

#

2,712 229 2,859 231 2,722 169

%

8.6 12.3 9.1 13.9 9.0 10.5

18 thru 24

#

6,087 472 6,158 374 6,034 396

%

19.4 25.2 19.6 22.5 19.9 24.6

25 thru 34

#

9,457

555 9,577 513 9,429 524

%

30.1 29.7 30.4 30.8 31.2 32.5

35 thru 44

#

7,259 337 6,796 313 6,371 310

%

23.1 18.0 21.6 18.8 21.1 19.2

45 thru 54

#

4,679 230 4,767 174 4,431 159

%

14.9 12.3 15.2 10.5 14.6 9.9

55 thru 64

#

1,115 46 1,151 49 1,135 41

%

3.5 2.5 3.7 2.9 3.8 2.5

65 & Over

#

152 <5 160 10 135 13

%

0.5 0.05 0.5 0.6 0.5 0.8

Total

#

31,461 1,870 31,468 1,664 30,257 1,612

%

100.0%

100.0%

100.0%

100.0%

100.0%

100.0%

See chart

Treatment by Gender

Larimer County

Male

#

2008

2009

2010

1,294

1,173

1,082

%

69.2

70.5

67.1

Female

#

576

491

530

%

30.8

29.5

32.9

Total

#

1,870

1,664

1,612

Colorado

Male

#

2008

2009

2010

20,691

20,790

19,710

%

65.8

66.1

65.1

Female

#

10,769

10,677

10,547

%

34.2

33.9

34.9

Total

#

31,460

31,467

30,257

See chart

Treatment by Race/Ethnicity -Colorado & Larimer County

 

2008

2009

2010

Colorado

Larimer County

Colorado

Larimer County

Colorado

Larimer County

White

#

19,648 1,458 19,381 1,280 18,783 1,271

%

62.5 78.0 61.6 76.9 62.1 78.9

Black

#

2,561 33 2,694 34 2,371 41

%

8.1 1.8 8.6 2.0 7.8 2.5

American Indian/

Alaskan

#

824 53 868 41 891 25

%

2.6 2.8 2.8 2.5 2.9 1.6

Asian

#

183 8 185 5 139 9

%

0.6 0.4 0.6 0.3 0.5 0.6

Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander

#

103 <5 78 <5 246 <5

%

0.3 0.05 0.3 0.12 0.8 0.25

Hispanic/Latino

#

7,941 313 8,048 291 7,592 257

%

25.2 16.7 25.6 17.5 25.1 15.9

Other Non Hispanic

#

201 <5 214 11 235 5

%

0.6 0.21 0.7 0.7 0.8 0.3

Total

#

31,461 1,870 31,468 1,664 30,257 1,612

%

100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%

See chart