New SAMHSA Short Report: Patients Who Are Privately Insured Receive Limited Follow-Up Services After Opioid-Related Hospitalizations

SUBSTANCE ABUSE & MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES ADMINISTRATION (02/11) – Opioid misuse is a growing public health concern. Nearly 2.4 million people in the United States have a substance use disorder (SUD) related to prescription opioids. Approximately a half million people have an SUD related to heroin. There has been a significant increase in hospitalizations for opioid misuse. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved three different medications to treat opioid addiction: methadone, naltrexone, and buprenorphine. Research shows a combination of medications and therapy is often the most successful approach to treating opioid addiction. Read more

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