1 Military Personnel, Veterans & Their Families: How Substance Abuse Research is Effecting Positive Change Wilson M. Compton, M.D., M.P.E., M.D. Director, Division of Epidemiology, Services and Prevention Research National Institute on Drug Abuse
2 Research Shows that Social Stressors Can Have Profound Effects on Illicit and Licit Drug Use 1. Facilitate Initiation 2. Increase Risk of Addiction 3. Trigger Relapse
3 Iraq and Afghanistan Wars Since September 11, 2001, more than two million service members have deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan Many of these service personnel have or will experience multiple deployments A high number of military personnel survive severe injuries that in previous wars would have resulted in death Long deployments and intense combat conditions require optimal support for the emotional and mental health needs of our service members and their families IOM (Institute of Medicine) Returning Home from Iraq and Afghanistan: Preliminary Assessment of Readjustment Needs of Veterans, Service Members, and Their Families. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press.
4 Combat Exposure Is the Key Driver of Mental Health Problems Across Outcomes Soldiers who report high levels of combat are significantly more likely to screen positive for acute stress (PTSD symptoms) Acute Acute Stress Score Number of Combat Experiences Number of Combat Experiences Adapted from presentation by: MAJ Jeff Thomas, Walter Reed Army Institute of Research.
5 Research Shows that Social Stressors Can Have Profound Effects on Illicit and Licit Drug Use Spouses Who else is affected? Families Communities
6 Complexities Regarding Substance Use in the Military Typical problems related to illicit drug use Compounded by zero tolerance regarding illicit drug use Possibility of discharge Reduced confidentiality of medical records Potential consequences of treatment on military career Stigma related to treatments for drug abuse Weinick RM, et al. Programs Addressing Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury Among U.S. Military Servicemembers and Their Families. Santa Monica: RAND Corporation, IOM (Institute of Medicine) Substance Use Disorders in the U.S. Armed Forces. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press.
7 Substance Use, Past 30 Days, DoD Services: Percentage Heavy Alcohol Use Any Cigarette Use Any Illicit Drug Use Including Prescription Drug Misuse Any Illicit Drug Use Excluding Prescription Drug Misuse & 2008 survey had question change Year of Survey Source: RM Bray, et al., 2008 Department of Defense Survey of Health Related Behaviors Among Active Duty Military (Published Sept. 2009)
8 Smoking in Military Personnel Smoking rates are higher in the military than in the general population (32.2% vs 24.9% in 2005). Bray & Hourani. Addiction 2007;102: ; NSDUH, SAMHSA. $130 million are spent annually by the military on excess training alone due to smokers that are prematurely discharged. Klesges et al., 2001, Tob Control, 10, Service members who smoke have lower fitness levels and are at greater risk for physical injury. Smoking has been shown to be a coping mechanism for those exposed to stress. Smith et al., Am J Preventive Medicine 2008.
9 Excessive Alcohol Drinking & Related Harms are Common Among Military Personnel 43.2% of active duty military reported at least one episode of binge drinking in the past month vs 26.1% for comparable age civilians Percent Didn t get promoted Non-binge Binge 3+ in year 1-2 episodes 3 or more episodes Binge 1-2 in year Non- binge Got into fight, hit someone Worked below normal performance level Risk Behavior/Consequence Drinking and driving N=16037, anonymous self-administered survey. Source: Stahre, MA et al. (2009) Am J Prev Med, 36(3):
10 Standardized Comparisons of Civilians and All Services Heavy Alcohol Use By Age Group, All Services Civilian Percentage * 16 18* * 9 20* All Ages Age Group
11 Illicit Drug Use in Past 30 Days Any Illicit Drug Use Including Prescription Drug Misuse Any Illicit Drug Use Excluding Prescription Drug Misuse Any Prescription Drug Misuse Military physicians wrote nearly 3.8 million prescriptions for pain medication in 2008, more than quadruple the number of such prescriptions written in Percentage Source: DoD Survey of Health Related Behaviors Among Military Personnel, 2008.
12 Source: RM Bray, et al., 2008 Department of Defense Survey of Health Related Behaviors Among Active Duty Military (Published Sept. 2009) Use of Illicit Drugs, Past 30 days, DoD Services: 2002, 2005, 2008 Prescription Drugs
13 New-onset PTSD Symptoms or Diagnosis 7.6% - 8.7% deployed with combat 1.4% - 2.1% deploy without combat 2.3% - 3.0% did not deploy Army Air Force Marine Corps Navy or Coast Guard OR=3.59 OR=3.38 OR=2.78 OR=2.48 PTSD three-fold higher among deployed with combat exposures Smith TC et al. for the Millennium Cohort Study Team. New onset and persistent symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder self-reported after deployment and combat exposures: prospective population-based US military cohort study. British Medical Journal Feb;336(7640):
14 Alcohol Misuse & Relationship to PTSD Hoge, et al. N Engl J Med. 2004;351:13-22.
15 Traumatic Brain Injury Veterans (OEF and OIF) Mild Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) has been reported in 12-18% of soldiers evacuated from Iraq and Afghanistan (Carson study: 1 in 6 shows TBI symptoms. Associated Press. April 11, 2007). Mild TBI occurring among soldiers deployed in Iraq is strongly associated with PTSD and poorer physical health 3 to 4 months after returning home (Hoge CW et al., NEJM 2008).
16 Brain Areas Affected by TBI Diffuse Axonal Injury Subdural Hemorrhage Contusions Orbitofrontal Cortex Taber et al., J Neuropsychiatry Clinical Neuroscience The orbitofrontal cortex is disrupted in addicted subjects and this may contribute to their vulnerability for SUD Volkow et al., Neuropharmacology 2009.
17 Additional Problems in Veterans from the Iraqi and Afghanistan Wars: PAIN As a result of improvements in battlefield medicine 90% of severely wounded soldiers survive and face additional challenges imposed by significant PAIN. Chronic pain increases the risk of mental health disorders including substance abuse disorders. Peoples et al., NEJM Exposure to opiate medications for the treatment of chronic pain can results in opiate addiction.
18 Post-Deployment Health Consequences 2,863 Iraq War returnees one-year post-deployment PTSD No PTSD Twice as many sick call visits on PHQ-15 limb pain back pain Hoge et al., AJP 2007;164: sick call visits/mo 2+ missed work days/mo
19 Alcohol and other drug use in the armed forces remain unacceptably high, constitute a public health crisis, and both are detrimental to force readiness and psychological fitness Recommendations: Increasing emphasis on efforts to prevent substance use disorders Developing strategies for identifying, adopting, implementing, and disseminating evidence-based programs and best practices for SUD care Increasing access to care Strengthening the SUD workforce
20 The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release August 31, 2012 EXECUTIVE ORDER IMPROVING ACCESS TO MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES FOR VETERANS, SERVICE MEMBERS, AND MILITARY FAMILIES Sec. 5. Improved Research and Development (a).establish a National Research Action Plan within 8 months of this order. (b) The National Research Action Plan shall include strategies to establish surrogate and clinically actionable biomarkers for early diagnosis and treatment effectiveness; develop improved diagnostic criteria for TBI; enhance our understanding of the mechanisms responsible for PTSD, related injuries, and neurological disorders following TBI; foster development of new treatments..; improve data sharing between agencies ; and make better use of electronic health records... In addition,.. research to address suicide prevention.
21 MH Problems in Veterans from Iraqi and Afghanistan Wars Specific concerns have been centered on post-traumatic stress disorder traumatic brain injury suicide substance use disorders
22 NIDA Response Understanding the risks for and trajectories of comorbid problems Development and testing of prevention and treatment interventions Working with Key Partners in HHS, DOD, VA and elsewhere
23 NIDA Initiatives/Activities January 2009 Interagency Meeting Substance Use and Abuse among U.S. Military Personnel, Veterans and their Families -- $6 million in grants funded in 2010 by NIDA, NIAAA, NCI and VA Research on Children in Military Families Standing funding opportunity announcements issued July 2012 with NICHD, OBSSR & ORWH Prevention and Health Promotion Interventions RFAs issued January 2013 with NIAAA, NCCAM and OASD/HA Responding the Executive Order Working with HHS partners, under leadership of SAMHSA Focusing on addressing research needs through the National Research Action Plan (with NIMH, NIAAA, DOD, VA and others)
24 Purpose: To develop a multi-agency collaboration (NIDA, other NIH ICs, DoD, VA) To identify cross-agency expertise on substance abuse and comorbid problems Areas of Research Gaps: National Guard and Reservists Combat wounded Pain and prescription drugs Co-morbidities Stigma Military families
25 NIDA Grants BACK, SUDIE E -- Integrated Treatment of OEF/OIF Veterans with PTSD and Substance Use Disorders GEWIRTZ, ABIGAIL -- Effectiveness of a Web-enhanced Parenting Program for Military Families HUDSON, TERESA JO -- Use and Abuse of Prescription Opioids Among OEF/OIF Veterans LARSON, MARY JO -- First Longitudinal Study of Missed Treatment Opportunities Using DOD and VA Data MCGOVERN, MARK P -- Integrated CBT for Co-Occurring PTSD and Substance Use Disorders
26 NIAAA and NCI Grants NIAAA & NCI Grants AMSTADTER, ANANDA B -- Stress-induced Drinking in OEF/OIF Veterans: The Role of Combat History and PTSD GOLUB, ANDREW L -- Veteran Reintegration, Mental Health and Substance Use in the Inner-City ARTENS, MATTHEW P -- Personalized Drinking Feedback Interventions for OEF/OIF Veterans ROSENBLUM, ANDREW BRUCE -- Web-based CBT for Substance Misusing and PTSD Symptomatic OEF/OIF Veterans MALONE, RUTH E -- Enhancing Civilian Support for Military Tobacco Control
27 Dept. of Veterans Affairs Grants DESAI, RANI A -- Gender Differences in Post-deployment Addictive Behaviors Among Returning Veterans CURRAN, GEOFFREY -- An Ethnographic Study of Post-Deployment Substance Abuse and Treatment Seeking BOYKO, EDWARD J -- Tobacco Use and Alcohol Misuse among Participants of the Millennium Cohort Study OSLIN, DAVID W -- Integrated vs. Sequential Treatment for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Addiction Among Operation Enduring Freedom/Operation Iraqi Freedom Veterans
28 Prevention and Health Promotion Interventions to Prevent Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse and Associated Physical and Psychological Health Problems in U.S. Military Personnel, Veterans and their Families (R01) RFA-DA , (R34) RFA-DA With NIAAA, NCCAM and OASD/HA Accelerate research on health promotion and prevention interventions reduce onset and progression of alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use and abuse (including illicit and prescription drugs) and associated mental and physical health problems promote health-enhancing behaviors among active-duty or recently separated (e.g., Iraq and Afghanistan) military troops, Veterans, and their families.
29 Where Do We Need to Go From Here? We Need to Advance the SCIENCE in order to Help our Military Friends and their Families
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