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Substance Misuse and Mental Illness in Young Adults

The challenge of increasing substance misuse and mental illness among young adults, the double threat this poses, and how employers can help.

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What you'll learn

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Prevalence of SUDs & mental illness in young adults

The 18 - 25 age group has the highest rates of alcohol, tobacco, and illicit drug use and the highest percentage of people who suffer from mental illness.

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Risk of co-occurring substance and mental health disorders

Among young adults, more than 50% of those with an SUD also have at least one co-occurring psychiatric disorder.

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How employers can help employees and their dependents

On top of healthcare costs for young adult employees, employers also pay indirectly for depends who experience SUD and mental health issues.

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Importance of treatment and intervention

Of the 5.1 million young adults reported as having an SUD, 87% went untreated. And, of the 8.8 million reported as having a mental illness, 42% went untreated.

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