Rising drug, alcohol problems tied to painkiller abuse

Amy S. B. Bohnert, Ph.D., M.H.S., an assistant professor of psychiatry and a Depression Center member, was quoted in a Reuters article about research that shows painkiller abuse contributed to a 70 percent increase in drug and alcohol problems between 2001 and 2009. “It is quite a large increase, and it does really highlight that this is a substantial problem in terms of this being a growing trend,” Bohnert, who was not involved in the new research, said. The article was picked up by CNBC, FOX News, the Chicago Tribune, and elsewhere. Read the full article here.