America’s Opioid Crisis: Outpatient Treatment is Effective and Accessible | Pew Charitable Trusts

More than 2 million Americans suffer from opioid use disorder, but only about 25% of people receive any sort of care. For many, inpatient treatment often means leaving a job and loved ones behind to seek recovery. Substance use disorder, however, is a chronic disease that needs long-term management and may be better suited to outpatient treatment options that help address the whole person, not just the disease.

KTDO Policy Agenda 2019

Maryland has taken sever critical steps in recent years to address longstanding and pervasive barriers to treatment for children and adults with mental health and substance use disorder. We are making progress, but we are not out of the woods yet.