OK, not really, but a study released in the Schizophrenia Bulletin has us thinking that getting away from city life may be good for a while. The study reports that kids growing up in urban environments are more likely to be exposed to violent crime and adverse neighborhood social conditions—which increases their chances of experiencing psychosis. These unfortunate kids are 40 percent more likely to have a psychotic experience by age 18 as compared to their rural peers. Candice Odgers—one of the senior study authors—noted that psychosis treatments are usually focused on the affected individual, but perhaps we should also look at improving the communities around these individuals to prevent the symptoms from showing up in the first place. Related FastPoll™ question below!
A study published in Pediatrics last week demonstrated that many teens who abuse opioids start out being prescribed them for legitimate medical use. The bad side of that is pretty obvious, but there’s a good side to this revelation as well—knowing that physicians are integral to an important piece of this problem means that we can go about designing effective solutions for it. Like those “careful prescribing practices” we keep hearing about. Some more good news, this study and another published last week both report a decline in opioid misuse among youth. Keep fighting the good fight docs, and one day we’ll celebrate that the kids are alright.