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Friday, December 6, 2013

Anesthesiology Residents Substance Abuse Study

A study into substance abuse rates among anesthesiology residents in the United States has found that slightly less than 1 percent (the overall rate was 0.86 percent) have a substance use disorder. 

Researchers followed 45,000 anesthesiology residents who began training between 1975 and 2009, HealthDay reports. The research has shown that the rate of substance use has been increasing and relapse rates are higher. During the study period twenty-eight anesthesiology residents passed away as a result of their substance abuse.

Over the 30 year period, 43 percent had at least one relapse and 11 percent died from a substance use disorder. At the beginning of the study rates of substance abuse were higher, then decreased between 1996 and 2002 and rose again in 2003.

Most commonly abused substances were:
  • Intravenous Opioids
  • Alcohol
  • Marijuana
  • Cocaine
  • Anesthetics
  • Hypnotics
The Journal of the American Medical Association published the findings.
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