A study published last month in Substance Abuse from the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Social Work found that there may be a connection between adults with PTSD’s depressive symptoms and their chance of opioid misuse.
The study collected information from surveys filled out at a southwestern PA pharmacy by those who were filling opioid prescriptions. There were 333 responses.
Of the responses, 15.9% reported opioid misuse, 17.1% suffered from PTSD, and 52.6% struggled with depression. Those who struggled with PTSD or depression had a 29% to 33% chance of abusing opioids.
“These data suggest that patients with PTSD and depression are at a greater risk for opioid misuse and, thus, there is an increased need for screening, assessment, and intervention protocols for this patient population,” reported the study.
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