The Importance of Patient Privacy in ​Substance Use Disorder (SUD) Care

Strong privacy protection ensures a safe recovery environment

  • Sharing of highly personal information
  • Sharing of information about illegal drug use
  • Importance of being able to be open about issues

Strong privacy protections reduce the risks of discriminations including

  • Access to government benefits 
  • Student Loans
  • Employment
  • Insurance
  • Housing 

Strong privacy protections reduce the risks of data breaches

Violations can lead to fines up to $50,000 per violation up to a $1.5 million per year. Lawsuits can also be initiated by state attorneys general and fines of up to $250,000 per violation. Covered entities and Business Associates may also be sued by victims of data breaches.