Substance Abuse

Drug-related suicide attempts on the rise

Drug-related suicide attempts on the rise

Spikes noted among young and middle-age adults.

Alcohol abuse may increase dementia risk

Alcohol abuse may increase dementia risk

The odds of severe memory impairment more than doubled with a history of alcohol use disorders.

FDA approves extended-release painkiller

FDA approves extended-release painkiller

The medication is designed to deter abuse of the drug by snorting or injection.

Misuse and abuse of ADHD medication

Misuse and abuse of ADHD medication

When used as prescribed, these drugs are not addictive. However, abuse is on the rise, and clinicians need to be able to identify the signs.

One question can uncover drug use

Ask patients how many times in the past year they have used an illegal drug or prescription medication for nonmedical reasons.

Stroke risk doubles for an hour after drinking

Stroke risk doubles for an hour after drinking

Alcohol can elevate a person's risk of ische­mic stroke by 2.3 times in the first hour after ingestion.

Does smoking after treatment for opioid addiction lead to relapse?

Does tobacco use after buprenorphine and naloxone (Suboxone) treatment encourage relapse?

Testing leads to charges of battery

Testing leads to charges of battery

An uncooperative and intoxicated patient forces clinicians to take matters into their own hands.

Rifaximin may improve remission and reduce hospitalization for hepatic encephalopathy

Hepatic encephalopathy is a common complication of liver cirrhosis.

Diagnosing bipolar disorder in an alcoholic

What can be done for a mood disorder secondary to alcohol abuse when the patient has failed all treatments?

A young woman's mysterious case of fatigue and confusion

Perhaps the patient had a viral infection or metabolic disorder. But her symptoms pointed to something more urgent.

Memory lapse and sleep disturbance in a depressed alcoholic

Memory lapse and sleep disturbance in a depressed alcoholic

Seeking neurologic treatment for fatigue and headaches, the patient's poor liver function pointed in another direction.

Preventing recurrent boils

Preventing recurrent boils

Is there a way to reduce or eliminate frequent episodes of boils?

A college student's erratic behavior draws unwanted attention

A college student's erratic behavior draws unwanted attention

The young woman had a personal history of drug use and a family history significant for schizophrenia and suicide.

Looking for treatment or just drugs?

A patient's claim that her husband lost her pain pills makes clinicians suspect symptoms are a ruse.

Patients' fatal mistakes soar 3,000%

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Fatal medication errors (FMEs) among patients who used recreational drugs or alcohol while taking prescribed or OTC medicines increased more than 3,000% over two decades.

Recognizing illicit drug use in your patients

Primary-care clinicians are being asked to diagnose substance use disorder with increasing frequency. Find out what tools are available to assist you.

Are you prescribing or dealing?

Legal and professional authorities frown on clinicians who try to offer rehab on their own.

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