Teen Opioid Prescriptions Raise Risk of Later Opioid Misuse
With the rise of the heroin epidemic, people are asking questions about the risks verses benefits in treating chronic pain with prescription opioids. A recent study using data from the Monitoring the Future Survey conducted annually by the University of Michigan looked at the impact on teens.
Teens prescribed opioid pain medication by Grade 12 are at a 33% increased risk of opioid abuse between the ages of 19-25.
What surprised researchers most is that this increased risk was mostly concentrated among teens who would be expected to have a low risk for drug misuse and abuse. These were teens who had no prior experience with illicit drugs, and reported they disapprove of drug misuse.
Researchers noted that for these teens, this prescription may be their first exposure to an addictive substance. They believe that the pleasurable effects and the belief that the opioids are safe because they are prescribed by a physician may encourage misuse among teens. For more information about this study, click here.
Celebrate Safely &
Plan Before You Party
St. Patrick's Day is a holiday known for good music, food, and fun. It is also one of the deadliest holidays in the U.S. due to its focus on excessive drinking. From 2010 - 2014, 266 lives were lost due to drunk-driving crashes on St. Patrick's Day.
Decide whether you will be drinking or if you will be responsible for driving.
If you plan to drink, designate a sober driver to get you home safely
Use National Highway Transportation Safety Administration Safe Rider App to find a cab.
Click here to download the Safe Rider App for Android.
Click here to download the Safe Rider App for Apple
Commit to not drinking if you plan to drive.
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