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Depression Linked to Long-Term Opioid Use in Female Veterans

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December 14
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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.


Source: http://www.psychiatryadvisor.com/depressive-disorder/new-onset-depression-chronic-opioid-use-gender-differences/article/706458/

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