The increased number of deceased donor liver transplants related to alcoholic hepatitis — up more than 50 percent over predicted numbers — was associated with rising alcohol sales.
Drug Abuse and Misuse
The top 5% of prescribers account for half of opioid prescriptions and high risk prescriptions to children and young adults.
An analysis finds a “one size fits all” approach to prescribing opioids after surgery poses risks for addiction in certain patients.
The cannabis-derived substance provides fewer side effects, with less potential for abuse.
Policy shift could improve access to buprenorphine for opioid use disorder, but stigma and training still pose significant challenge.
Study also shows certain patients have an even greater risk of overdose if they fill opioid prescriptions, and strengthens argument against use of opioids for most dental pain.