The Role of Integrated Behavioral Health
Treating and Preventing Opioid Addiction

The opioid epidemic is now
a more frequent cause of death
than car crashes.

Every day, 115
Americans die of an
opioid overdose.

SOURCE: Center for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics (2017)

Approximately 80% of individuals
with an opioid use disorder don't receive treatment.

SOURCE: Wu, Zhu, Swartz (2016); The Council of Economic Advisors (2017)

in 2015 alone,
the epidemic cost
or 2.8% of the GDP.

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Integrated services in health care settings
decrease opioid prescribing, expand access to treatment of opioid addiction, and improve treatment outcomes.

There are evidence-based youth programs
in school and community settings that prevent opioid misuse and dependence from ever developing.

Source: Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence (2017)

We can enable integrated solutions to the opioid epidemic by:

  • Removing financial and regulatory barriers to integration
  • Reinforcing behavioral health parity legislation
  • Integrating data and sharing information across sectors
  • Growing and appropriating distribution of the behavioral health workforce
  • Reducing stigma
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