Veterans with PTSD vulnerable to opioid problems

A Veterans Affairs study has found that veterans with PTSD were vulnerable to opiod problems. "Veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars with mental health diagnoses, particularly post-traumatic stress disorder, were significantly more likely to receive prescriptions for oxycodone, hydrocodone and other opioids than those with pain but no mental health issues. The veterans with mental health diagnoses who were prescribed the powerful, euphoria-causing and potentially addictive drugs had worse outcomes, with more overdoses, accidents and risky use patterns, the study found. Iraq and Afghanistan veterans with pain- and PTSD-prescribed opioids may be at particularly high risk of … misuse given the high co-occurrence of substance use disorders among veterans with PTSD,” according to the study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.”

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