MEDICINE Grand Rounds: Medical Co-morbidities and Complications in Patients with Substance Use Disorders
September 21 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm PDTFree
presented by: Reb Julia-Haas J. Close, MD
Illicit substance use is common in the general population and among persons presenting for primary care. Emergency department visits involving misuse or abuse of prescription medications increased 98.4% between 2004 and 2009, with corresponding dramatic increases in new users, entry into drug treatment, and overdose deaths related to prescription medications. There is increasing recognition of the similarities between substance use disorders and other common chronic illnesses such as hypertension and diabetes mellitus. Like those illnesses, substance use disorders can be identified early when there have been fewer sequelae and when less intensive treatments can be successful.
- Recognize the common co-occurring medical conditions caused by or exacerbated by substance use conditions and to develop practical skills to talk with patients about their care plans.