CDC study: Substance use disorders costs payers $35B annually

Substance use disorders among adults with employer-sponsored insurance cost payers $35.4 billion each year, a study from CDC researchers found. 

In a study published Jan. 24 in JAMA Network Open, researchers evaluated 2018 claims data for 162 million non-Medicare-eligible enrollees. Of these enrollees, 2.3 million had been diagnosed with a substance use disorder.

The average cost per year per enrollee with a substance use disorder diagnosis was $15,640, according to the study's findings. Alcohol use disorder and opioid use disorder were the most costly diagnoses, accounting for $17.5 billion in spending. 

More strategies to support employees and prevent substance use disorder could be considered to offset these high costs, the study's authors wrote. 

Read the full study here. 

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