Mental Health Issues, Programs and Solutions


Mental health issues, including depression and prescription drug abuse, affect Baby Boomers more than they might realize. According to the National Institutes of Health, 1 in 5 people live with a mental health condition. Unfortunately, many do not receive the treatment they need.

In this episode of Baby Boomers in America, Dr. Charles Cutler, Chief Medical Officer for Magellan Complete Care, and Dr. Fatimah Tahil, Medical Director for Magellan Healthcare, share their insights about mental health, pain management and prescription drug abuse. Doctors Cutler and Tahil share critical information regarding musculoskeletal pain — pain from arthritis and sore muscles — which is a leading trigger for prescription drug abuse in baby boomers.

Many individuals are now being prescribed opioids as a means of managing their pain. Opioid abuse accounts for $55 billion in healthcare costs in the US and there has been a 183% increase in opioid use within the past 7 years. But what most people don’t realize is that prescription opioid abusers are 25 times more likely to require hospitalization than non-opioid abusers and roughly 50 Americans are dying every day from prescription drug overdose.

Magellan is committed to working with Baby Boomers to better manage their pain and to ensure they are informed and educated regarding the dangers of opioids with integrated solutions. We provide early intervention, prevention and management solutions to help improve the quality of care and clinical outcomes for individuals as they face both the physical and mental health challenges of aging.

As an industry leader, Magellan has managed behavioral health, prevention and wellness programs for over 40 years. We know how a life event or physical health condition like diabetes or emphysema can have a significant, often severe, disruptive effect on an individual and we focus on a clinical journey for our members, ensuring care is coordinated across medical, pharmacy and behavioral health to full recovery and wellness. Rather than thinking about mental health as something separate from physical health, we work with primary care providers to provide tools and supports to identify and treat behavioral health issues and facilitate referrals to behavioral health specialists when needed. Visit our website,, to learn more.