We know how to reduce premature deaths from co-morbid mental health and substance use problems, so why aren’t we doing anything about it?

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Ian Hamilton looks at a Swedish 42-year follow-up study, which looks at the impact that psychiatric comorbidity can have on premature death in a cohort of patients with substance use disorders.

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Motivational intervention integrated into the care of vulnerable patients with facial injury can reduce illicit drug use behaviour

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The use of illicit drugs or alcohol(substance using)  is a  most common precipitator of facial injuries among socioeconomically disadvantaged populations.  Reducing these risky behaviours could improve outcomes and reduce potential for reinjury.   The aim of this study was to assess whether a culturally competent, personalized motivational intervention incorporated into surgical care could significantly reduce existing [read the full story…]