Long-term Opioid Use Linked to Increased Risk for Depression

Researchers at Saint Louis University have published results of a new study in the October 31 edition of the Journal of General Internal Medicine that draws a connection between long-term opioid use for chronic pain and increased incidence of depression. The study analyzed medical record data of about 50,000 veterans who had no history of opioid use or depression, and were subsequently prescribed opioids. Read a news report, including more detail about potential factors contributing to the observed connection, here.


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