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In 2005, there were 2.1 million youths aged 12 to 17 (8.3% of this population) who needed treatment for an illicit drug or alcohol use problem. Of this group, only 181,000 youths received treatment at a specialty facility (8.6% of youths who needed treatment), leaving 1.9 million youths who needed treatment for a substance use problem but did not receive it at a specialty facility. "Specialty" treatment is defined as treatment received at any of the following types of facilities: hospitals (inpatient only), drug/alcohol rehabilitation facilities (inpatient or outpatient), or mental health centers. It does not include treatment at an emergency room, private doctor's office, self-help group, prison or jail, or hospital as an outpatient.
During 2005, approximately 7.9% of the drug/alcohol admissions to treatment facilities in the U.S. involved individuals ages 17 and younger. Approximately 67% of the total (all ages) admissions to treatment in 2005 reported first using a drug at age 18 or younger. Among the individuals ages 15 and younger admitted to treatment during 2005, 56.5% were being treated for primary abuse of marijuana.
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