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Demand for SBIRT in OK

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Demand for SBIRT in OK


Alcohol and substance abuse are one of the major contributors to social, economic, and health problems within the state of Oklahoma. The National Survey on Drug Use and Health identified that at least 9.6 percent of Oklahoma’s population of more than 2.8 million adults were dependent on or abused illicit drugs or alcohol in the past year. Oklahoma is consistently above the national average among persons aged 12 and older who report the use of any illicit drug other than marijuana and surpassed the national average by 13 percent in the nonmedical use of painkillers (SAMHSA, 2012). The impacts of abuse and misuse of substances are far reaching. The cost on Oklahoma’s economy due to untreated or undertreated mental illness and substance abuse is more than $8 billion annually (Colberg, 2011). Oklahoma’s substance abuse treatment system is currently highly stressed due to a lack of funding and services to meet the treatment needs of the population. This results in long waiting lists and treatment needs only being met when the individual is in extreme crisis (Colberg, 2011). In order to impact this serious health problem, Oklahoma must employ efficient and effective prevention and early intervention tools, including SBIRT training.

Oklahoma Statistics

The statistics below illustrate why partnering with Oklahoman’s through prevention and early intervention is a key strategy to outreach prior to dependency.

Oklahoma ranks 2nd in the nation with 12% of Oklahomans experiencing Any Substance Abuse Disorder. (ODMHSAS, 2012)

In Oklahoma, among individuals aged 12 or older with alcohol dependence or abuse, about 93% per year from 2010 to 2014 did not receive treatment for their alcohol use within the year prior to being surveyed. (SAMHSA, 2015, 16 (pdf))

pie chart: 7.2% receive alcohol treatment in OK

Oklahoma has the highest (worst) ranking in the U.S. for Adult Non-Medical Use of Pain Relievers in the Last Year and the second highest (worst) ranking in the U.S. for Youth Non-Medical Use of Pain Relievers in the Last Year. (SAMHSA & MHA)