Marijuana’s growing availability and public acceptance has brought unintended consequence for users — including some who end up needing emergency care.
Addiction and Substance Abuse
Most of those overdosing haven’t received prescription opioids recently, suggesting a need for more opioid use disorder screening and treatment.
Insurance records reveal patterns of opioid prescribing to patients whose family members “shop” for opioids from multiple sources
Thirty-five times more white patients than patients of color receive buprenorphine, and three-quarters of prescriptions go to those who pay cash or have private insurance
A national study shows prescription opioid use disorder is twice as high among deaf and hard-of-hearing young and middle-aged adults, compared with their peers who don’t experience hearing issues.
A randomized trial shows that providing patients with special disposal bags doubled the odds they would safely dump their leftover opioid pain medicine.