New articles in the GANM Library: Substance use awareness

Sep 06, 2020

Dear GANM community,


In this week’s edition of the GANM library research brief we would like to spread some awareness to drug overdose and misuse. With this past Monday (August 31st) being International Drug Overdose Awareness Day, we find it absolutely necessary to provide our community with two articles centered around this topic.


Copeland, W. E., Gaydosh, L., Hill, S. N., et al. (2020). Associations of despair with suicidality and substance misuse among young adults. JAMA Network Open; 3(6):e208627. doi:10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2020.8627


In a recent study, researchers sought to understand if despair was associated with drug or alcohol misuse as well as suicidal thoughts among young adults. A population-based cohort study was examined, and results showed that despair was associated with higher rates of suicidal thoughts, illicit drug use, opioid use, and other socioeconomic related factors. 


Palumbo, S. A., Adamson, K. M., Krishnamurthy, S., et al. (2020). Assessment of probable opioid use disorder using electronic health record documentation. JAMA Network Open; 3(9):e2015909. doi:10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2020.15909


Medication monitoring programs are used to identify patients with opioid use disorder (OUD) as they provide valuable information for healthcare professionals. Just recently, researchers wanted to know if these monitoring programs were associated with more accurate identification of patients in this population through the use of DSM-5. Findings include a higher mean prevalence of OUD and psychiatric comorbidities associated with OUD. 

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