Carelon Behavioral Health is committed to the early identification and treatment of alcohol and other drug use disorders to promote optimal health. To help with that goal, we want to work with you to identify all members with alcohol and other drug disorders and to increase the number of those members identified to get access to the SUD services they need.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the 2020 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) showed that 40.3 million Americans, aged 12 or older, had an SUD in the past year. Nearly 1 million overdose deaths were reported from March 2020 to March 2021, an increase of over 36% from the previous annual high.
Opioids are the most common drug found in overdose deaths at 72%, followed by cocaine and psychostimulants.1 According to the CDC’s Understanding the Opioid Overdose Epidemic, an average of 128 Americans die every day from an opioid overdose.
Additionally, more than 140,000 Americans die annually from the effects of alcohol. Ten percent of Americans over the age of 12 have an alcohol use disorder and 60% of Americans reported increasing their use of alcohol during COVID-19 lockdowns. While younger people with alcohol-related deaths are more likely to have acute causes (such as automobile accidents), older Americans who die from excessive alcohol use typically die from chronic conditions.2
Some populations are at a higher risk for alcohol and SUD, including: