Only a quarter of people who qualify for treatment receive opioid use disorder medication

HealthDay (6/27, Mundell ) reports, “Just 25% of people battling opioid use disorder are getting medications aimed at helping them quit and potentially avoid an overdose, new data shows.” A survey found that “in 2022 a total of 3.7% of U.S. adults…were having problems with oxycodone, Vicodin, heroin or any other form of opioid. That’s nearly 9.4 million people.” However, “according to the new data, only a bit more than half (55.1%) received any kind of treatment to help them kick their opioid overuse, and only 25.1% accessed medications that doctors know can help folks wean themselves off opioids.”

MedPage Today (6/27, Firth ) reports, “Many adults who needed OUD treatment by clinical criteria didn’t perceive the need for it (42.7%) or obtained treatment that did not include medication (30%), the authors noted.” Additionally, “a higher share of white adults received any OUD treatment than Black/African American or Latino adults (60.3%, 43.8%, and 45.7%, respectively). Women were less likely to receive medication (51.0% vs 39.5% among men). More adults ages 35-49 years (68.4%) received medication than those ages 18-34 or ≥50 (range 19.9%-44.1%).” The findings were published in the CDC’s MMWR.

 
Respectfully,
Edwin C Chapman, MD
(301) 538-1362

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