BUD and BUDS –  

June 13, 2022 – U.S. adults in treatment facilities evaluated for 30-day substance use patterns during 2019 cited alcohol and cannabis as principal drugs and psychiatric issues as one of their main problems, according to a study published in Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. 

“Approximately 81,000 persons died of a drug overdose during May 2019 to May 2020; excessive alcohol use contributes to an estimated 95,000 deaths per year,” Akadia Kacha-Ochana, MPH, of the CDC, and colleagues wrote. “Persons with a substance use disorder are at elevated risk for overdose and associated harms.” Researchers aimed to examine the prevalence of past 30-day substance use patterns as well as gauge the severity of problems experienced across seven biopsychosocial domains — alcohol, drug, employment, family, legal, medical and psychiatric.

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