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Opioids

Opioids are a broad group of pain-relieving drugs that can be both naturally derived (morphine, heroin, and others) or synthesized in a laboratory (fentanyl and others). While generally safe when taken for a short time and as prescribed by a doctor, opioids can be misused and may lead to addiction, overdose incidents, and death. HSR&D investigators study several aspects of opioid use, such as how best to manage opioid prescribing (including policy impacts and safety), and how to help Veterans' manage their chronic pain, both with and without medication.

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Citations

(5 of more than 695 OPIOID focused publications)


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Publication Briefs

(5 of more than 53 OPIOID focused publication briefs)

  • Past Year Opioid Misuse Associated with Past-Year Suicide Attempt among High-Risk Veterans
    The main objective of this study was to test the relationship between past-year suicide attempt and past-year opioid misuse among Veterans at high risk of suicide who also reported using at least one illicit substance or alcohol in the past year. Findings showed that past-year opioid misuse was associated with past-year, but not lifetime, suicide attempt in high suicide-risk Veterans: 82% of opioi...
    Date: December 1, 2019
  • History of Military Sexual Trauma Common among Older Women Veterans
    This study sought to determine the prevalence of military sexual trauma (MST) among older women Veterans – and investigate associations between MST and medical and mental health diagnoses. Findings showed that a history of MST was common among older women Veterans. Positive MST screens were observed in nearly 1 in 5 women aged 55-64, and 1 in 10 aged 65-74. [This is similar to the 23% prevalence f...
    Date: November 11, 2019
  • VA Opioid Treatment Outcomes Vary Significantly among Homeless and Unstably Housed Veterans
    To better address the opioid epidemic in Veterans who are unstably housed or homeless, it is necessary to determine where gaps in opioid-related care exist. This study examined a national sample of 59,954 Veterans who accessed VA homeless programs and represented a range of homeless experiences; 6% of this cohort (3,624 Veterans) entered a homeless program with a history of opioid use disorder (OU...
    Date: August 1, 2019
  • Dual use of VA and Medicare Drug Benefits Associated with Potentially Unsafe Medication Prescribing among Veterans
    Previous research shows that dual VA-Medicare Part D prescription drug use is a risk factor for potentially unsafe medication (PUM) exposure in Veterans with dementia and opioid users. Thus, this study evaluated the association of dual prescription use through VA and Part D (vs. VA-only use) with the prevalence of PUM exposure in a national cohort of dually-eligible older Veterans. Findings showed...
    Date: July 22, 2019
  • Increase in Opioid Overdose Deaths among Veterans Attributed to Increased Overdoses from Heroin and Synthetic Opioids
    This study examined trends in VA opioid overdose rates and receipt of prescription opioids among Veterans receiving VA care who died from opioid overdose from 2010 through 2016. Findings showed that the overall rate of fatal opioid overdose among Veterans increased from 14.47 per 100,000 person years in 2010 to 21.08 per 100,000 person years in 2016. There was a decline in methadone overdose and n...
    Date: July 1, 2019

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Studies

( 5 of more than 44 OPIOID focused projects )

Project No.  Title  PI  Funding Start   
IIR 18-231 Risks of Cannabis Use Among Veterans on Long-term Opioid Therapy Keyhani , Salomeh 2019-12-01
PPO 18-213 Adaptation of the Motivational Interviewing Skills Code to Identify Clinician and Client Language Predicting Reduced Opioid Use Risk and Increased Use of Alternative Pain Care Strategies in Veterans Borsari, Brian 2019-03-01
IIR 16-078 Effectiveness of a Rescue Medication in Preventing Opioid Overdose in Veterans Oliva, Elizabeth 2018-12-01
IIR 17-268 Chronic Pain Management and Patient-Centered Outcomes Following Discontinuation of Long-Term Opioid Therapy Lovejoy, Travis 2018-11-01
IIR 17-039 Improving Veteran Health by Increasing Dental Stewardship of Antibiotics and Opioids Suda, Katie 2018-07-01

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HSR&D Briefs, Reports, Newsletters

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Other Resources

  • Visit the VA’s Office of Mental Health and learn more about substance use disorders, screening tools, programs, and services.
  • Learn more about the Quality Enhancement Research Initiative’s IMPROVE project, which focuses on integrating pain support in primary care in order to decrease the number of Veterans using opioid therapy for pain management.
  • Visit the VA Office of Research & Development’s Substance Use Disorders (SUD) topic page for information about milestones in SUD research across all VA research services.

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