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Cordant found that 65% of samples tested from patients who were prescribed mental health medications* revealed non-adherence to prescribed medication and/or positivity for unexpected medications or illicit drugs.
Mental illness affects 1 in 5 U.S. adults each year, with nearly 20% of those adults experiencing a co-occurring substance use disorder. While it’s widely known that medication adherence greatly improves outcomes in the treatment of substance use disorders and mental illness, and also helps to reduce rates of recidivism in the criminal justice system, clinicians generally overestimate their own ability to identify and quantify non-adherence among their patients.
*Analysis of 17,720 samples from mental health patients in Cordant’s program where a medication was reported as prescribed with the test order; Jan 2018–Sept 2019