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2011 National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Reports

The National Healthcare Quality Report (NHQR) is a comprehensive national overview of quality of health care in the United States. It is organized around four dimensions of quality of care: effectiveness, patient safety, timeliness, and patient centeredness.

Table 7_2_2.1
People age 12 and over who needed treatment for illicit drug use and who received such treatment at a specialty facility in the last 12 months,a United States, 2002-2009
Population groupPercentSEPercentSEPercentSEPercentSEPercentSEPercentSEPercentSEPercentSE
Total 19.11.416.
RaceWhite only18.01.5216.41.317.31.519.61.515.61.315.
Black only24.54.2913.82.920.83.825.83.924.73.926.
EthnicityNon-Hispanic, all races19.51.416.
  Non-Hispanic, White18.31.517.21.418.71.719.21.614.
  Non-Hispanic, Black24.74.414.
Hispanic, all races16.43.612.
Family income,b age 18 and overNegative/poor24.
Near poor/low20.13.521.
Education, age 18 and overLess than high school22.42.823.
High school graduate23.12.716.
At least some college16.62.414.41.915.32.315.92.814.

a. Received any illicit drug treatment at a specialty facility refers to treatment received at a hospital (inpatient), a rehabilitation facility (inpatient or outpatient), or mental health center in order to reduce or stop drug use, or for medical problems associated with drug use. Respondents were classified as needing treatment for an illicit drug problem if they met at least one of three criteria during the past year: (1) were dependent on any illicit drug; (2) abused any illicit drug; or (3) received treatment for an illicit drug problem at a specialty facility, i.e., drug and alcohol rehabilitation facilities (inpatient or outpatient), hospitals (inpatient only), and mental health centers. Illicit drugs include marijuana/hashish, cocaine (including crack), inhalants, hallucinogens, heroin, and prescription-type psychotherapeutic medications (nonmedical use), based on data from original questions, not including methamphetamine items added in 2005 and 2006.

b. Estimates are based on a revised definition of poverty that incorporates information on family income, size, and composition and is calculated as a percentage of the U.S. Census Bureau's poverty thresholds. Negative/poor refers to family incomes below the Federal poverty line; near poor/low, the poverty line to just below 200 percent of the poverty line; middle, 200 percent to just below 400 percent of the poverty line; and high, 400 percent of the poverty line and over. Respondents with unknown poverty information were excluded.

c. Specification of metropolitan and nonmetropolitan subgroups changed in 2009; results should not be compared twith those of previous years. For information on the urban-rural classification scheme, refer to

DNA - Data have not been analyzed.

DSU - Data do not meet the criteria for statistical reliability, data quality, or confidentiality.

Key: AI/AN: American Indian or Alaska Native; NHOPI: Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander; SE: standard error.

Source: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Office of Applied Studies, National Survey on Drug Use and Health.


Page last reviewed October 2014
Internet Citation: T7_2_2_1: 2011 National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Reports. October 2014. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD.


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