Those With Mental Health Disorders Prescribed More Opioids

A research team including Dartmouth-Hitchcock found that providers are more likely to prescribed opioids to patients with mental disorders, anxiety and depression, than those without mental disorders. Results showed 19% of patients with mental health disorders are prescribed opioid compared to the 5 % of individuals without mental disorders. 51 % of opioids distributed each year in the US are received by adults with depression and anxiety. This percentages are shocking and identify populations that are more likely to use opioids can help providers and policy makers address opioid use. Check out the article here.

By Julia Watson