Workers without insurance more in need of treatment options, study finds
Among the uninsured workers in need of substance use treatment, researchers found that only 12.6 percent received treatment at a specialty facility. Levels of need were particularly high among uninsured workers aged 18 to 25 (24.4 percent) and males (19.2 percent).
The survey also revealed more than 80 percent of uninsured full-time workers needing treatment in the past year did not perceive a need for treatment. While the remaining 6.6 percent of all workers in need of treatment did perceive the need for help, researchers found that they did not receive it.
"This tremendous unmet need for substance use disorder treatment among this workforce has a devastating public health and economic effect on our nation," said Pamela S. Hyde, administrator of SAMHSA. "We cannot afford to ignore this problem; substance use disorder treatment has proven to be a cost-effective investment for promoting safe and productive workplaces as well as renewed hope for those affected by this disease."
Researchers said that a major benefit/cost evaluation of overall substance treatment programs determined that every $1 invested in substance abuse treatment yielded $7 in benefits to society in the form of reduced crime costs and increased employer earnings. Other research, the study noted, has shown that employees receiving needed substance use treatment have dramatically reduced rates of absenteeism, tardiness, on-the-job injuries, mistakes, and disagreements with supervisors.
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April 5, 2010
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