Best Practices and Barriers to Engaging People with Substance Use Disorders in Treatment.
Author(s): Peggy O’Brien, Erika Crable, Catherine Fullerton, and Lauren Hughey.
Year: March 2019.
Edition: First (1st).
Publisher: US Department of Health and Human Services.
In 2015, 20.8 million people aged 12 years or older (7.8% of the United States population) had a substance use disorder (SUD) in the previous year. Approximately 75% of this group, or 15.7 million Americans, had an alcohol use disorder,
2.0 million had a prescription opioid use disorder (OUD), and about 0.6 million had a heroin use disorder.
Since 1999, opioid-related overdose deaths in the United States have quadrupled, with more than 15,000 individuals experiencing prescription drug-related overdose deaths in 2015. Even though evidence-based SUD treatments are effective, rates of treatment receipt are quite low. In 2015, only 18% of the population with SUDs, or 3.7 million people, received SUD treatment – a number that has not increased significantly since 2002.
Only about 48% of patients who enter SUD treatment actually complete it.
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