Prescription opioid use among individuals with serious mental illness

Stanislav Spivak, Bernadette Cullen, William W Eaton, Katie Nugent, Amethyst Spivak, Ashley Fenton, Katrina Rodriguez, Ramin Mojtabai

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Abstract

Prevalence and correlates of prescription opioid use were explored in individuals with serious mental illness (SMI) by examining a sample of adults from two inner city community psychiatry clinics. Of 271 participants, 12.9% (n = 35) were on a prescribed opioid. Being on an opioid was significantly associated with history of heroin use and active prescription sedative-hypnotic use, including benzodiazepine use. Concurrent use of opioids with sedative-hypnotics was significantly associated with suicidal ideation. The results highlight risks of prescription opioid use in those with SMI, particularly in combination with prescription sedative-hypnotics.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)85-87
Number of pages3
JournalPsychiatry Research
Volume267
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1 2018

Keywords

  • Community psychiatry
  • Overdose

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Biological Psychiatry

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