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Struggling in a pandemic: survey measures impact of isolation, substance abuse on patients with obesity

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The combination of coping with obesity, isolation, and stress can lead to increased substance use for some. In a recent UTSW survey, almost a quarter (24.3 percent) of patients with obesity reported using opioids in the preceding 30 days, 9.5 percent used sedatives or tranquilizers, 3.6 percent marijuana, and 1 percent stimulants. Below, hear more from study author Dr. Jaime Almandoz, Medical Director of the UT Southwestern Weight Wellness Program and read more about the study in the UT Southwestern Newsroom. 

Pie chart showing 62 percent non-users, 9 percent sedatives or tranquilizers, 24 percent painkillers, 4 percent cannabis, 1 percent stimulants


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