MedPage Today (1/3, Walker) reports, “Teens with a history of substance use, as well as substance use within their families and neighborhoods, had an increased risk of death by gun violence,” researchers found after identifying and analyzing “data from police and medical examiner’s reports in Philadelphia…from January 2010 to December 2012.”
The findings were published online Jan. 3 in JAMA Internal Medicine. The author of an accompanying editorial “said that these findings suggested violence prevention efforts should target substance use at multiple levels – the individual, the family, and the neighborhood.”
The authors of an invited commentary “argued that alcohol is a key modifiable factor driving homicides and recommended that healthcare providers use the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration tool, Screening, Brief Intervention, Referral and Treatment (SBIRT)” to identify and treat “treating substance use disorders in adolescents and young adults.”
— “Environment of Drug Use Ups Risk of Teen Gun Death,” Molly Walker, MedPage Today, January 3, 2017.