A recent publication in Anesthesiology has highlighted the higher likelihood of opioid abuse by those who both suffer back pain and deal with a psychiatric condition. Patients who are prescribed some type of opioid painkiller for chronic lower back issues are far more likely to abuse medication and experience less pain relief if they also suffer from a type of mental illness.

“Patients with high levels of depression or anxiety experienced 50 percent less improvement in back pain (21 percent vs. 39 percent pain improvement), 75 percent more opioid abuse (39 percent vs. eight percent), and increased side effects when compared to patients with low levels of depression or anxiety symptoms, according to the study’s findings.”

Click here to read the full article by Janice Wood for Psych Central.