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ERIC Number: EJ984015
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Oct
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 35
ISSN: ISSN-1557-1874
Demand for Substance Abuse Treatment Related to Use of Crystal Methamphetamine in Ontario: An Observational Study
Brands, Bruna; Corea, Larry; Strike, Carol; Singh, Veeran-Anne S.; Behrooz, Renee C.; Rush, Brian
International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction, v10 n5 p696-709 Oct 2012
Concerns about methamphetamine/crystal methamphetamine (MA) have featured prominently in the Canadian media and on addiction treatment agency agendas. We examined MA admissions at addiction treatment agencies to determine if a service gap existed. In 2006, all addiction treatment agencies (n = 124) in Ontario, Canada were invited to complete an on-line survey. The provincial database provided admissions data for 2006-2008. Amongst participants (n = 100), 53% reported an increase in clients with MA problems between 2004 and 2005. Nine percent considered MA to be a significant problem and 60% indicated that MA was a minor problem or not a problem in 2005. Forty-seven percent of participants said that MA problems were more common among males and 60% of MA clients were aged 16-24. Most (89%) agencies integrated MA clients into regular programs and 73% had not considered developing specialized MA programs. MA admissions peaked at 2.4% of admissions in 2005 and dropped to a lower, stable percent (2006-2008). Media and public alarm about a MA "epidemic" is not consistent with admissions data or agency experience. Consideration of objective evidence before demands for additional resources is necessary.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada