A new study has found that one in 10 teens admits to misusing prescription drugs. The study was based on over 2,000 patient surveys by University of Michigan Health System emergency departments. Overall, the surveys found that 10% of patients aged 14-20 admitted to misusing a prescription drug at least once in the last year. Records showed that the vast majority of the patients were not prescribed the drugs and had used them illegally.
Misuse including using the drugs to get high, using more than the prescribed amount, or using someone else’s prescription drugs. The study also found that patients who used misused painkillers were more likely to receive an intravenous opioid painkiller at their emergency room visit, were more likely to have abused alcohol and non-prescription drugs, and more likely to have used marijuana in the last year.
Researchers say the studies indicate that emergency room departments are in a good position to screen for and detect prescription drug abuse in young people.
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