New data presents the confounding problem in addressing the addiction epidemic in America: the top two reasons why the 948,000 people who thought they needed SUD treatment and did not get it were 1) no health coverage or could not afford cost of SUD treatment (19.1 percent), and 2) did not find a program that offered the kind of treatment that was wanted (14.4 percent).
Recent CDC data demonstrates that the nation’s substance use disorder (SUD) epidemic has continued unabated since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. Tym Rourke offers three areas of focus that could help strained community, safety net, and health care systems respond to both the current nature of the substance use epidemic and what it may become.
If we are to address our nation’s mental health and addiction crises, we must use every tool at our disposal to combat these emergencies.
The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated stressors. Yet many people who need mental health or substance use disorder treatment do not receive care, partly because of access issues resulting from behavioral health workforce shortages.