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Alcohol and other drug treatment services: key findings

The article was originally posted on LinedIn by Louise Tierney, Unit head, Tobacco, Alcohol & Other Drugs, AIHW.

I’m very pleased to see our summary report of alcohol and other drug treatment services in Australia published today. We’ve highlighted key findings for 2019–20 about publicly funded alcohol and other drug (AOD) treatment services, the people they treated, and the treatment provided.

In 2019–20, 1,258 publicly funded AOD treatment agencies provided just over 237,500 treatment episodes to an estimated 139,000 clients aged 10 and over. These agencies provide a range of services and support to people receiving treatment for not only their own drug use, but also for their families and friends. Many types of treatment exist to help reduce the harm of drug use - including counselling, information and education, and diversion programs.

As part of today’s report, you can explore:

We also just released the National Opioid Pharmacotherapy Statistics Annual Data collection, which you can explore here. Stay tuned for forthcoming updates to our Alcohol, tobacco & other drugs in Australia report.

If you, or anyone you know needs help for alcohol or other drug use, please visit Alcohol and drug foundation or contact the National Alcohol and Other Drug Hotline on 1800 250 015. 

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