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SA-7 Data Details

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SA-7 Increase the number of admissions to substance abuse treatment for injection drug use

About the Data

Description of the data source, numerator, denominator, survey questions, and other relevant details about the national estimate.

Data Source: 
Treatment Episode Data Set
Changed Since the Healthy People 2020 Launch: 
Baseline (Year): 
255,374 (2006)
Target-Setting Method: 
10 percent improvement

Number of admissions for injection drug use in substance abuse treatment programs

Comparable Healthy People 2010 Objective: 
Retained from HP2010 objective
Questions Used to Obtain the National Baseline Data: 

    From the 2008 Treatment Episode Data Set:


    USUAL ROUTE OF ADMINISTRATION (OF PRIMARY, SECONDARY, AND TERTIARY SUBSTANCES). These fields identify the usual route of administration of the respective substances.

    1. Oral
    2. Smoking
    3. Inhalation or Injection (IV or intramuscular)
    4. Other
Data Collection Frequency: 
Methodology Notes: 

    The Treatment Episodes Data Set (TEDS) data are not based on a statistical data collection system. TEDS data are continuously submitted to SAMHSA by states from their administrative data systems. The states collect data from substance abuse treatment providers, primarily from publicly-funded treatment programs. Each state uses its own form for collecting information on substance abuse admissions. When data are submitted to SAMHSA, data are matched to the core variables contained in TEDS. There is a considerable time lag between the date of admission and when SAMHSA receives data from each state. TEDS data are limited to information on admissions for persons aged 12 and older. Thus, for example, an individual admitted to treatment twice within a calendar year would be counted as two admissions. TEDS does not include all admissions to substance abuse treatment. It includes facilities that are licensed or certified by the state substance abuse agency to provide substance abuse treatment (or are administratively tracked for other reasons). In general, facilities reporting TEDS data are those that receive state alcohol and/or drug agency funds (including Federal Block Grant funds) for the provision of alcohol and/or drug treatment services. A description of TEDS has been published by SAMHSA.

Revision History

Any change to the objective text, baseline, target, target-setting method or data source since the Healthy People 2020 launch.

Description of Changes Since the Healthy People 2020 Launch: 
TEDS accepts data revisions from states for admissions occurring in the previous five years. As a result, the number of admissions reported may differ slightly from year to year. To maintain consistency with SAMHSA reports and tables, in 2014 the original baseline was revised from 254,278 to 255,374. The target was adjusted from 279,706 to 280,911 to reflect the revised baseline using the original target-setting method.


Additional resources about the objective

  1. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Office of Applied Studies. Treatment Episode Data Set (TEDS). 1998 - 2008. National Admissions to Substance Abuse Treatment Services, DASIS Series: S-50, HHS Publication No. (SMA) 09-4471, Rockville, MD, 2010.