NIH-supported study underscores the need for racially inclusive approach to address the opioid crisis in hard-hit areas
Health and Medical Professionals
September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. In observance, our two institutes, the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), are taking this opportunity to highlight a dimension of the opioid crisis that receives too little attention—the links between opioid use, opioid use disorder (OUD), and suicide.
More people died of overdoses in the U.S. in 2020 than in any other one-year period. These data are shouting for change.
Directors highlight research results from NIH-funded science and community partnerships
Most common mental disorders, from depression and anxiety to PTSD, are associated with disturbed sleep, and substance use disorders are no exception. The relationship may be complex and bidirectional: Substance use causes sleep problems; but insomnia and insufficient sleep may also be a factor raising the risk of drug use and addiction.
Effectively delivering OUD treatment in the justice system will give individuals with OUD a chance of recovery, and will make a huge difference in reducing the toll of the opioid crisis in the U.S. It will also bring about additional health and economic benefits like reducing the spread of HIV and hepatitis C and reducing the costs from re-incarceration and family disruption, which are much higher when OUD is not treated.
Study adds to a growing body of evidence that prenatal exposure to cannabis may be associated with poor birth outcomes
NIH leaders emphasize the importance of patient voices in addiction medication development
Younger age of first cannabis use or prescription drug misuse is associated with faster development of substance use disorders
NIH analysis measures the prevalence of nine substance use disorders after first substance use or misuse in young people
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NIH study suggests a link between cannabis use and higher levels of suicidal ideation, plan, and attempt