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Hotter temperatures from climate change could increase drug and alcohol hospitalizations

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🗞️ Driving the news: A study by Columbia University underscores a correlation between rising temperatures and an uptick in hospital admissions related to drug- and alcohol-related disorders
• This linkage between higher temperatures, exacerbated by climate change, and increased substance abuse repercussions raises new public health concerns

🔭 The context: Analyzing over 20 years of data, the study scrutinized 671,625 alcohol- and 721,469 substance-related disorder hospital visits across New York State, juxtaposing these with the daily temperatures and relative humidity over that time period

🌍 Why it matters for the planet: The relationship between escalating temperatures and heightened hospitalization underscores broader ecological and health interdependencies and accentuates the imperative of heightened public health strategies in alignment with climatic realities

⏭️ What’s next: The study’s findings urge a recalibration of public health interventions and awareness campaigns to effectively address alcohol and substance disorders in rising temperatures
• Future research is expected to study the interaction between existing health conditions, substance use, and increased temperatures

💬 One quote: “Public health interventions that broadly target alcohol and substance disorders in warmer weather” should be considered “a public health priority.” (Marianthi-Anna Kioumourtzoglou, Professor at Columbia University)

📈 One stat: The study found a 24.6% increase in alcohol disorder-related hospitalizations and a 38.8% increase in substance abuse-related hospitalizations with an increase in temperature from the lowest recorded to the 75th percentile temperature

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