Democrats Ask Drug Policy Office to Do More to Combat Opioid Epidemic
Twenty Democratic senators are asking the Office of National Drug Control Policy to do more to combat the opioid epidemic, according to the Associated Press.
Women who suffer gender-based violence have a much higher-than-average lifetime risk of substance abuse disorders and other mental health disorders, according to a study in this week’s Journal of the American Medical Association.
The study included women who had suffered gender-based violence such as sexual assault, rape, intimate partner violence and stalking, Medical News Today reports. The study of 4,451 women conducted in Australia found a total of 1,218 women, 27.4 percent, reported experiencing at least one type of gender-based violence. Among women exposed to one type of gender-based violence, 23 percent reported a substance abuse disorder at some time in their lives.
Among women who had experienced exposure to three or four forms of gender-based violence, 47.1 percent had a lifetime substance abuse disorder, a more than 5-fold increased risk compared with women who did not suffer gender-based violence. Overall, 89.4 percent of these women reported some type of mental disorder, 11 times the rate of women who did not experience gender-based violence.