Veterans already have an increased risk of suicide. Those with substance use disorders or mental health conditions are in particular need of help, a new study asserts.
Addiction and Substance Abuse
In a randomized controlled trial, a brief talk with a counselor helped ER patients reduce drug misuse, and a “virtual therapist” on a tablet also showed promise.
A new digital tracking system was behind the decrease — suggesting a potential partial solution that other health systems could adopt to fight the opioid epidemic.
The same approach that helps patients manage powerful blood thinners could help expand access to medication-based addiction treatment.
Deaths from prescription and illicit opioid drugs have quadrupled since 1999. A drug safety researcher explains the must-do’s to stop these deaths and curb addiction nationwide.