More than 60 per cent of people died because opioid overdose were diagnosed of having a chronic pain condition, while many were diagnosed of suffering from a psychiatric disorder. The recent study led by the researchers from the Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC) is very first research to discover the proportion of chronic pain and people died of the opioid overdose. The study findings were online published in the American Journal of Psychiatry.
The United States Centers for Disease Control reported that the number of death cases related to opioid overdose has quadrupled as from 8048 to 33091 in 1999 and 2015 respectively.
Most of those deaths linked to the prescription pain pills, as accounted for around 13000 fatalities that year, though the heroin use was already growing rapidly.
The scourge continued to inundate the health care infrastructure of America. According to the analysis published by OM1 Inc., a company which is using artificial intelligence to develop health outcomes discovered that in late 2017, one from each of the six visits to emergency room in the U.S. was related to opioid.
Leading investigator of the research and MD, psychiatry professor from the Columbia University Herbert and Florence Irving Medical Center (CUMC), Mark Olfson said in a statement that, “The frequent occurrence of treated chronic pain and mental health conditions among overdose decedents underscores the importance of offering substance use treatment services in clinics that treat patients with chronic pain and mental health problems. Such a strategy might increase early clinical intervention in patients who are at high risk for fatal opioid overdose.”