Drug Use Disorder Remains Undertreated in U.S.

A new survey from the National Institutes on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism and on Drug Abuse has uncovered a number of startling statistics, including:

  • 10 percent of American adults have had a drug use disorder at some point in their lives; of that group only about 25 percent have ever received treatment.
  • People with drug use disorder in the past year were 1.3 times as likely to experience clinical depression, 1.6 times as likely to have post-traumatic stress disorder, and 1.8 times as likely to have borderline personality disorder.
  • Among those with moderate to severe drug use disorder in the past year, less than 20 percent received treatment.

The study is based on data from the NIAAA’s National Epidemiological Survey on Alcohol and Related Conditions, with more than 36,000 people evaluated. The data also revealed that drug use disorder is more common among men, white and Native American individuals. Regional and socioeconomic differences were found, as well.

The study appeared in the Journal of the American Medical Association Psychiatry.