Drug & alcohol addiction diagnoses up 70% in last decade

A recent study, published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, shows a sharp spike in the number of patients diagnosed with alcohol abuse or addiction, Reuters reports. The study spans the last decade and is based on two national surveys of doctors’ visits.

“”This finding is consistent with trends in substance use disorder-related utilization at the nation’s community health centers and emergency departments and, sadly, use of its morgues,” the study’s authors wrote in the Archives of Internal Medicine on Monday.”

With funding from the National Institutes of Health, Polaris has developed systems that support screening, brief intervention and referral to treatment (SBIRT) for substance abuse and tobacco in medical settings, including for emergency rooms and primary care. Learn more about Polaris’s Substance Treatment and Referral System, or STaRS.