It’s no surprise that opioid use is linked to depression. Recent research found that long-term opioid use affects men and women about the same when it comes to developing “new-onset” depression (depression that began after using opioids). But a new study found a difference among the veteran population.
In patients of the Veterans Health Association (VHA), new-onset depression was more common among women than among men using long-term opioids.
Based on this research, it’s important that veterans being treated for opioid use are screened more frequently for depression.