Legislation & Public Policy

Only 1 in 5 people with opioid use disorder received medication in 2021

BY JOSEPH CHOI | 08/07/23 | 2:39 PM ET

A study published Monday found that only about 1 out of 5 U.S. adults dealing with opioid use disorder in 2021 received medications to treat their condition, despite newer guidance recommending the use of such treatments.

The research from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Institutes of Health found that out of 47,291 participants in the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, only 22.3 percent reported receiving a medication for opioid use disorder (MOUD).