New Visual Abstract Available: Stimulant-involved Overdoses

Patient Characteristics and Treatment Utilization in Fatal Stimulant-Involved Overdoses in the United States Veterans Health Administration

The University of Michigan Injury Prevention Center is excited to offer a new visual abstract of a study by core faculty Drs. Lara Coughlin, Amy Bohnert, Donovan MaustAllison Lin, IPC Stats and Methods Director Dr. Jason Goldstick, and team.

Recently published in Addiction, the study focused on Veterans Health Administration (VHA) patients who died from a stimulant-involved overdose between 2012 and 2018. The research examined trends in stimulant-alone and stimulant and other substance use overdose deaths, and measured patient and service use characteristics across stimulant-related overdose death profiles. The authors found that stimulant overdose deaths more than tripled between 2012 and 2018, with more than half of these deaths involving an additional substance. The results of the study also suggested that an increased focus on polysubstance treatment is necessary, and that differences in characteristics of patients may suggest unique treatment needs based on the type of stimulant used.