Study Looks at Risk Factors for Overdose in Adolescents

A team of investigators from the Addiction Recovery Management Service at Massachusetts General Hospital have identified factors that may increase the risk of drug overdose in adolescents and young adults. The results of their study were published in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry last month. Here’s a short video summarizing their findings:

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“Very little research exists on risk factors associated with overdose in young people presenting for substance use disorder treatment,” says lead and corresponding author Amy Yule, MD, of Addiction Recovery Management Service and the Mass General Division of Child Psychiatry. “In addition to screening for substance-specific risk factors, it is important that providers systematically screen young patients for overdose histories and for psychiatric factors that may increase overdose risk.”



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