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National Survey Examines Substance Use Among Those on Probation

According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), implementation of the Affordable Care Act may increase access to substance use treatment for many people in the criminal justice system. Despite increased interest in the past several decades, only a small percentage of those in jails and correctional facilities has been receiving treatment for their substance use disorders. In its most recent National Survey on Drug Use and Health, SAMHSA found that 40.3 percent of males on probation and 38.3 percent of male parolees had an alcohol or illegal drug use disorder in the past year. Of those, only about 25 percent received some form of treatment. To download the report, visit