Few uninsured workers receive treatment for substance abuse.

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An estimated 3 million full-time U.S. workers without health insurance needed substance use treatment in the past year, but only about one in eight received it, according to a survey by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

Of these 3 million workers--who represent 16.3 percent of all full-time U.S. workers without health care insurance--slightly more than 80 percent did not perceive a need for treatment, while 6.6 percent did perceive a need for treatment but did not receive it. The remaining 12.6 percent received treatment at a specialty facility

A major benefit/cost evaluation of overall substance treatment programs determined that every $1 invested in substance abuse treatment yields $7 in benefits to society in the form of reduced crime costs, increased employer earnings, and other...

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