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    New and Noteworthy Publication

    "Risk facotrs for drug dependence among out-patients on opioid therapy in a large US health-care system." Boscarino, JA., et. al.  Addiction 105, 1776-1782. 

    This comprehensive survey of electronic health records in a large health care system elucidated important risk factors for the development of drug dependence in outpatients prescribed opioids. Important risk factors include : age<65, opioid abuse history, high dependence severity, major depression, and psychotropic medication prescription.  The presence of a number of factors in an individual raises the risk of drug dependence substantially.

    Addiction Medicine Education & Science

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