SUD History Tied to Increased Risk of Death From Other Illnesses

Patients hospitalized for substance use disorder (SUD) are significantly more likely to die from other medical conditions later in life, a new study suggests. Researchers looked at mortality following a diagnosis of 28 different medical conditions, including heart failure, cancer, diabetes, multiple sclerosis, and stroke, and found patients with a history of alcohol or drug … Read more

Postsurgical Opioid Refills Risky for Entire Household

Postsurgical opioid refills are associated with an increased risk for opioid misuse among family members — and the more refills, the higher the risk, new research suggests. Further results showed that if a surgical patient became a chronic opioid user, the likelihood of a family member misusing these drugs increased 2.5 times. “Patients requiring ongoing … Read more

Recent-Onset CV Disease Raises Risk for a Psychiatric Diagnosis

The study covered in this summary was published on MedRxiv.org as a preprint and has not yet been peer reviewed. Key Takeaways Patients diagnosed with cardiovascular disease (CVD) are at increased risk for a psychiatric diagnosis, independent of family characteristic, comorbidities, and medical history. Development of a psychiatric disorder in the year after a CVD … Read more

APA, Others Seek FDA Forum on REMS

Multiple psychiatric groups have asked the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to consider holding a public meeting about its approach to risk management of the schizophrenia drug clozapine, which is effective but carries serious risks, including death. In a February 14 letter, the groups asked the FDA to reconsider its new risk evaluation and … Read more