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Sep 2012

Adolescent Abuse of Pharmaceutical Opioids Raises Questions About Prescribing and Prevention

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliation: Alcohol and Drug Abuse Institute, University of Washington, Seattle.

Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2012;166(9):865-866. doi:10.1001/archpediatrics.2012.590

Pharmaceutical opioid use and abuse are hot topics. They should be, as the consequences in terms of addiction and overdose are severe. Adolescence is clearly a prime time of exposure as indicated by Meier et al,1 and the prevalence of nonmedical use of pharmaceutical opioids is disconcertingly high, with a subset apparently abusing their own opioids, as shown by McCabe et al.2