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June 29, 2017

Most opioids go to those with mental health issues, UMich study says

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MLive – Fifty-one percent of all opioid medications distributed in the United States each year are prescribed to adults with mood disorders such as depression and anxiety, new research from the University of Michigan and the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth shows.

"Despite representing only 16 percent of the adult population, adults with mental health disorders receive more than half of all opioid prescriptions distributed each year in the United States," said Matthew Davis, lead author of the study and assistant professor at UM's School of Nursing.

Overall, of the 115 million prescriptions written for opiates each year, 60 million are written for adults with mental illness.

Read more at MLive.

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