A new study from the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health in Baltimore learned that people suffering from mood and anxiety disorders like bipolar, pain disorder and major depressive disorder may be more likely to abuse pain pills. The researchers found that mood and anxiety disorders are very connected with non-medical prescription opioid use.
“Lifetime non-medical prescription opioid use was associated with the incidence of any mood disorder, major depressive disorder, bipolar disorder and all anxiety disorders. Non-medical opioid use disorder, due to non-medical prescription opioid use was associated with any mood disorder, any anxiety disorder, as well as with several incident mood disorders and anxiety disorders,” said Silvia Martins, M.D., Ph.D, lead author of the study. “However, there is also evidence that the association works the other way too. Increased risk of incident opioid disorder due to non-medical use occurred among study participants with baseline mood disorders, major depressive disorder, reinforcing our finding that participants with mood disorder might use opioids non-medically to alleviate their mood symptoms. Early identification and treatment of mood and anxiety disorders might reduce the risk for self-medication with prescription opioids and the risk of future development of an opioid-use disorder.”