CTSI Discovery Radio (Podcast #34) - Public Health Crisis: The Epidemic of Heroin & Prescription Opioid Abuse

It’s one of the largest, most wide-spread public health crises our country and our community has ever faced.  The incidence rate of heroin and prescription opioid abuse and related deaths has reached epidemic proportions. On today’s show, we’ll explore how this concerning problem is affecting members of our community, and how it’s impacting medical education and practice.It’s a special report on collaboration to battle our community’s opioid abuse crisis, inside this edition of CTSI Discovery Radio

Doctors Prescribe Opioids at High Rates to Those at Increased Overdose Risk, but Trends Improving, Study Finds

Patients taking a class of drug known to increase the risk for overdoses were likelier to receive a first-time opioid prescription than the general population, according to new research in JAMA Psychiatry from KL2 scholar John Mafi and colleagues. Patients taking a class of anti-anxiety medications called benzodiazepines received first-time opioid prescriptions at the rate of 172 per 1,000 in 2015 compared to a rate of 79 per 1,000 in 2015 for the general population.

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