Tag Archives: substance abuse

Combination of Mental Illness and Substance Use Disorder Raises Risk of Being Murdered

A new study finds people with mental illness who also have a substance use disorder are nine times more likely than the general population to be murdered. Overall, people with mental illness were almost five times as likely to be a murder victim, compared with those with no psychiatric diagnosis. …

Drug Testing of Middle-School Students May Help Prevent Substance Abuse: Study

Random drug testing of middle-school students may help prevent substance abuse, a six-year study of New Jersey students suggests. …

Study Links Substance Abuse, Chaotic Family Life to Violence Among Teens in Denver

A new study links substance abuse, early exposure to violence and chaotic family life, to teenage violence in one Denver neighborhood. The study, funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is part of a five-year effort to classify risk factors that promote teen violence. …

Multiple Sex Partners Increase Risk of Alcohol or Marijuana Dependence

A new study links the number of sex partners young adults have with their subsequent risk of developing alcohol or marijuana dependence disorders. The study found young women who had more than two or three sex partners when they were 18 to 20 years old were nearly 10 times more likely than those with one or no sexual partner to develop a substance dependence problem at age 21. …

“Essential Health Benefits” Rule Covers Drug Addiction and Alcohol Abuse Treatment

The federal government on Wednesday issued a final rule on “essential health benefits” that most health insurance plans must offer next year, including treatment of drug addiction and alcohol abuse. …

Substance Use in 12th Grade Dropouts Greater Than in Teens Who Stay in School

Teens who are old enough to be in 12th grade, but have dropped out of school, have higher substance abuse rates than their peers who are enrolled in school, according to a new government report. …

Racial Differences Found in Opioid Treatment for Pain

A new study finds racial differences in opioid prescribing, monitoring and follow-up treatment practices. Black patients are less likely than white patients to have their pain levels documented, and to be referred to a pain specialist. They are more likely to be referred for substance abuse assessment after being prescribed opioids, MedicalXpress reports. …

Teens with ADHD More Likely to Have Substance Abuse Issues

Teenagers with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder are significantly more likely to have substance abuse issues and to smoke cigarettes, compared with their peers without a history of the disorder, according to a nationwide study. …

Fewer Teens Receiving Substance Abuse Prevention Messages From Media

The percentage of teenagers who received substance abuse prevention messages from the media in the past year dropped from 83.2 percent in 2002, to 75.1 percent in 2011, according to a new government report. …

Military Deployment Increases Risk of Substance Abuse in Young Family Members

Having a parent or sibling who has been deployed in the military increases the risk of drug and alcohol use among middle and high school students, a new study finds. …