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Crossover of mental health and opioid misuse equals 1.5 million adults

January 25, 2017
by Julie Miller, Editor in Chief
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A new report by SAMHSA indicates that in 2015 about 1.5 million adults who had experienced a serious mental illness in the past year had also misused an opioid during this period. The data comes from SAMHSA’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health.

In the population of those with serious mental illness, more than 15% had also misused opioids, meanwhile, in the population of those misusing opioids, 13% also reported serious mental illness.

In terms of the larger U.S. population, about 4% of all adults had serious mental illness in the past year and 4.8% of all adults misused opioids in the past year, which includes prescription pain drugs and heroin.

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