Magazine article Behavioral Healthcare Executive

5 Findings from the SAMHSA Behavioral Health Barometer

Magazine article Behavioral Healthcare Executive

5 Findings from the SAMHSA Behavioral Health Barometer

Article excerpt

The SAMHSA Behavioral Health Barometer reports on a set of substance use and mental health indicators that are measured through the National Survey on Drug Use and Health and the National Survey of Substance Abuse Treatment Services. Here are some noteworthy stats from this years report.

1

More people are getting medication-assisted treatment. Between 2011 and 2015, methadone use increased by 16%, with nearly 357,000 people now receiving the medication, and use of buprenorphine more than doubled, with nearly 76,000 people now receiving the medication.

2

Nearly 5% of Americans age 12 and older misused a prescription painkiller in the past year. That's an estimated 12.5 million individuals. Most obtain them from friends or relatives, with or without their knowledge. Additionally, an estimated 828,000 individuals used heroin in the past year.

3

Alcohol disorders outpace prescription drug misuse. In 2015, 5.9% of Americans-an estimated 15.7 million individuals-had an alcohol use disorder in the past year.

4

Teens are more depressed. …

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