Monday, December 29, 2008
JAMA has a paper looking at patterns of opioid abuse/use amongst people who died of unintentional drug overdoses in West Virginia. The vast majority of deaths involved prescription drugs (mostly opioids), multiple drugs ingested at once, and most involved either diverted drugs or patients who acquired their drugs via 'doctor shopping.' Methadone was disproportionately represented compared to other opioids (for unclear reasons). It's a sobering view of the prescription drug abuse epidemic in the US.