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5 findings from the SAMHSA Behavioral Health Barometer: alcohol misuse remains an issue.

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 year's 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. There was significant increase in the national annual prevalence of major depressive episodes among adolescents age 12 to 17, which rose from 8.2% in 2011 to 12.5% in 2015. Only 39.3% received treatment for depression.

5 More people with serious mental illness are receiving treatment compared to those with drug use disorders. Among the 9.8 million adults with serious mental illness, 65.3% received services in 2015. But only 11% of the 7.7 million individuals identified with illicit drug use (including heroin, marijuana and misuse of prescription drugs) were receiving specialized treatment in 2015--about 850,000 people.


Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Behavioral Health Barometer: United States, Volume 4: Indicators as measured through the 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health and National Survey of Substance Abuse Treatment Services. HHS Publication No. SMA--17--BaroUS--16. Rockville, MD: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, 2017

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Title Annotation:NEED TO KNOW
Author:Miller, Julie
Publication:Behavioral Healthcare
Date:Jun 22, 2017
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