“For the past four years, SAMHSA has issued the Behavioral Health Barometer as a snapshot of the nation’s behavioral health. The Barometer is a unique compilation of facts and figures on issues such as substance use, serious mental illness, serious thoughts of suicide, and related treatment. The findings are broken down into major groups according to age, gender, racial and ethnic categories, income, and access to health insurance.
What does the Barometer tell us? For starters, it shows the national annual prevalence of prescription opioid misuse and heroin use. In 2015, about 12.5 million persons aged 12 and over reported misusing prescription pain relievers, and about 828,000 reported using heroin. The Barometer also shows an increase in receipt of medication-assisted treatments for opioid use. From 2011 to 2015, the number of individuals who received methadone as part of their substance use treatment increased by about 16 percent from 306,440 to 356,843, and the number who received buprenorphine at outpatient treatment facilities more than doubled from 32,676 to 75,724.”
The Health Barometer is available for download at:
Source: SAMHSA-gov – June 13, 2017