Autism spectrum disorders

Autism may raise risk for substance use disorder

(HealthDay)—Individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) have an increased risk for substance use disorder (SUD), according to a study published online Jan. 4 in JAMA Pediatrics.

Addiction

CDC records highest-ever drug deaths in a 12-month period

Between May 2019 and May 2020, 81,230 Americans died of drug overdoses—the highest number of drug deaths ever recorded in a 12-month span, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported.

Psychology & Psychiatry

U.S. drug overdose deaths reach record highs

The number of U.S. drug overdose deaths reached a record high as the coronavirus pandemic held the country in its grip last spring, new government data shows.

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