The Timing of Onset of Pain and Substance Use Disorders

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Using data from the National Comorbidity Survey—Replication, this study examined the timing of onset of self-report comorbid chronic nonarthritis pain and substance use disorders (SUDs) and characteristics associated with different onset patterns. Most individuals (58.2%; N = 351/632) report that the SUD preceded the onset of pain. Relative to those with SUDs prior to the onset of chronic pain, those experiencing pain first were less likely to have a drug use disorder, more likely to have head pain, to be younger at the onset of the first condition, and to have a shorter duration between condition onsets.|(Am J Addict 2010;00:1–7)

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