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Each episode of AJP Audio brings you an in-depth look at one of the articles featured in that month’s issue of The American Journal of Psychiatry, the official journal of the American Psychiatric Association. Wide-ranging interviews with article authors cover the background, rationale, main findings, and future implications of the research.

Jun 1, 2023

Dr. Mark Olfson (Columbia University) discusses the links between opioid prescribing and suicide risk in the United States. Afterwards, AJP Editor-in-Chief Dr. Ned Kalin discusses how issues of substance use disorder draw together the rest of the June issue.


  • Olfson interview [00:46]
  • Geographic commuting areas [01:06]
  • Opioid prescription measures [02:10]
  • Rates of opioid prescription and suicide [03:27]
  • Youngest age cohorts as outliers [04:19]
  • Regional variations [04:57]
  • Limitations [05:17]
  • Clinical implications [05:55]
  • What’s next for your research? [06:21]
  • Kalin interview [06:42]
  • Olfson et al. [07:00]
  • Vickers-Smith et al. [08:36]
  • Rognli et al. [10:44]
  • Garrison et al. [12:51]

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