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Episode of treatment for alcohol and other drugs—drug of concern (principal), code (ASCDC 2000 extended) NNNN

Identifying and definitional attributes

Metadata item type:Help on this termData Element
Short name:Help on this termPrincipal drug of concern
METeOR identifier:Help on this term270109
Registration status:Help on this termHealth, Superseded 07/12/2011
Definition:Help on this term

The main drug, as stated by the client, that has led a person to seek treatment from the service, as represented by a code.

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Required as an indicator of the client's treatment needs.

Data Element Concept:Episode of treatment for alcohol and other drugs—drug of concern

Value domain attributes

Representational attributes

Classification scheme:Australian Standard Classification of Drugs of Concern 2000
Representation class:Help on this termCode
Data type:Help on this termString
Format:Help on this termNNNN
Maximum character length:Help on this term4
Supplementary values:Help on this term
ValueMeaning
0005Opioid analgesics not further defined
0006Psychostimulants not further defined

Collection and usage attributes

Guide for use:Help on this term

The Australian Standard Classification of Drugs of Concern (ASCDC) provides a number of supplementary codes that have specific uses and these are detailed within the ASCDC e.g. 0000 = inadequately described.

Other supplementary codes that are not already specified in the ASCDC may be used in National Minimum Data Sets (NMDS) when required. In the Alcohol and other drug treatment service NMDS, two additional supplementary codes have been created which enable a finer level of detail to be captured:

CODE 0005     Opioid analgesics not further defined

This code is to be used when it is known that the client's principal drug of concern is an opioid but the specific opioid used is not known. The existing code 1000 combines opioid analgesics and non-opioid analgesics together into Analgesics nfd and the finer level of detail, although known, is lost.

CODE 0006     Psychostimulants not further defined 

This code is to be used when it is known that the client's principal drug of concern is a psychostimulant but not which type. The existing code 3000 combines stimulants and hallucinogens together into Stimulants and hallucinogens nfd and the finer level of detail, although known, is lost.

Psychostimulants refer to the types of drugs that would normally be coded to 3100-3199, 3300-3399 and 3400-3499 categories plus 3903 and 3905.

Data element attributes

Collection and usage attributes

Guide for use:Help on this term

The principal drug of concern should be the main drug of concern to the client and is the focus of the client's treatment episode. If the client has been referred into treatment and does not nominate a drug of concern, then the drug involved in the client's referral should be chosen.

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To be collected on commencement of the treatment episode.

For clients whose treatment episode is related to the alcohol and other drug use of another person, this metadata item should not be collected.

Source and reference attributes

Submitting organisation:Help on this term

Intergovernmental Committee on Drugs National Minimum Data Set Working Group

Relational attributes

Related metadata references:Help on this term

Has been superseded by Episode of treatment for alcohol and other drugs—drug of concern (principal), (ASCDC 2011 extended) code NNNN Health, Standard 07/12/2011, ACT Health, Final 09/08/2018

Supersedes Principal drug of concern, version 3, DE, NHDD, NHIMG, Superseded 01/03/2005.pdf (16.5 KB)

Implementation in Data Set Specifications:Help on this term
All attributes +

Alcohol and other drug treatment services NMDS Health, Superseded 21/03/2006

DSS specific attributes +

Alcohol and other drug treatment services NMDS Health, Superseded 23/10/2006

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Alcohol and other drug treatment services NMDS 2007-08 Health, Superseded 05/02/2008

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Alcohol and other drug treatment services NMDS 2008-10 Health, Superseded 22/12/2009

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Alcohol and other drug treatment services NMDS 2010-11 Health, Superseded 24/12/2010

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Alcohol and other drug treatment services NMDS 2011-12 Health, Superseded 07/12/2011

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