More than a million Americans seek treatment for a substance use disorder — here’s how it breaks down in Alabama

(STACKER) – In 2020, more than 41 million Americans were classified as needing treatment for substance use, including 28 million with alcohol use disorder, 18 million with illicit drug use and 6.5 million with both, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

Over 97% of those 41 million did not believe treatment was necessary. This may be part of why, on any given day in 2020, only 2.7% of people were receiving treatment, including inpatients, non-hospital residential clients, and outpatient clients who were seen in a facility for drug treatment, detoxification, or methadone or buprenorphine maintenance treatment, or naltrexone treatment.

Citing one-day census data from the National Drug Treatment Services Survey and state population data from the United States Census Bureau, Zinnia Health identified the total number of people who received treatment – 1,090,357 people (328.5 per 100,000) nationwide, including 39,271 patients under the age of 18 – in every state and Washington D.C. This survey was conducted on March 31, 2020, at the start of the COVID-19 related closures. This is likely a contributing factor for states that have seen a significant decrease in the number of people seeking treatment.

People with substance use disorders (SUDs) have been hit hard by the pandemic. According to the National Behavioral Health Council, 54% of facilities that offered SUD services were closed in September 2020, and 65% of those that remained open had to interrupt vital, often life-saving, services due to financial and social hardship. operational. From alcohol to opioids, substance use was both a means of coping with the pandemic and a behavior exacerbated by it. In March 2020, opioid overdoses jumped 18% compared to the same period the previous year. Overdose deaths involving any drug rose 30% in the first year of the pandemic.

Since the 1990s, opioids have been at the forefront of America’s addiction crisis — a deadly problem so widespread that it’s slashing the average life expectancy of Americans at a rate not seen since the country simultaneously made facing the First World War and the war of 1918. flu pandemic. Over the past 22 years, more than one million people have died from drug overdoses, according to the National Center for Health Statistics.

Opioids began as an imperfect solution to pain management, followed by a period of negligent and lucrative practices of fake marketing and overprescribing by doctors and pharmaceutical companies like Purdue Pharma. When newly imposed regulations made prescription painkillers too expensive or too hard to obtain, heroin use and associated deaths increased.

While the stats around SUDs are often grim, the most important stat is positive. Recent studies have shown that 75% of people with SUD eventually recover. Read on to see how the rates of people seeking treatment and the number of facilities providing SUD services have changed over the decade in your state, or view the national story here.

Alabama in numbers

– Patients seeking care: 11,838 (-25.7% variation since 2011)
— Patients seeking treatment per 100,000 inhabitants: 235.6 (-28.3% less than the national average)
– Patients under 18 seeking care: 171 (-78.3% change since 2011)
– Total establishments: 155 (+5.4% variation since 2011)

Today, America finds itself in a third wave, or iteration, of the opioid epidemic. This wave is characterized by increased use and deaths from overdoses of more deadly synthetic opioids like fentanyl, a substance 50 times more potent than heroin. From 2013 to 2019, the death rate from synthetic opioids jumped more than 1,000%. This is an increase from 3,105 to 36,359 lives lost. Since 1999, more than half a million people have died from overdoses involving opioids.

There is a growing awareness of opioid use and in some states Narcan vending machines dispense medication to treat opioid overdoses. The share of all facilities that offered drug treatment, such as drugs to curb withdrawal symptoms and drugs to block opioid-induced effects, increased from 9% in 2010 to 36% in 2020, indicating the severity and prevalence of drug abuse in the country. epidemic. Private for-profit institutions increased from 30% to 41% over the same period. Treatment and rehabilitation centers are estimated to be a $42 billion industry in the United States in 2020 alone.

Keep reading to see how SUD treatment rates have changed in other states near you.

Florida in numbers

– Patients seeking care: 45,620 (-10.9% variation since 2011)
— Patients seeking treatment per 100,000 inhabitants: 211.8 (-35.5% less than the national average)
– Patients under 18 seeking care: 1,965 (-47.2% change since 2011)
– Total establishments: 712 (+15.4% variation since 2011)

Georgia in numbers

– Patients seeking care: 17,642 (-19.1% change since 2011)
— Patients seeking treatment per 100,000 inhabitants: 164.7 (-49.9% less than the national average)
– Patients under 18 seeking care: 376 (-55.5% change since 2011)
– Total establishments: 348 (+39.8% variation since 2011)

This story originally appeared on Zinnia Health and was produced and distributed in partnership with Stacker Studio.


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