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PLoS medicine
11 05, 2019 16 (11) e1002922
Vol. 16, Issue 11, Medline Page e1002922

Prescription opioid use and misuse among adolescents and young adults in the United States: A national survey study.

Authors: Hudgins JD, Porter JJ, Monuteaux MC, Bourgeois FT
Results from this study suggest that the prevalence of prescription opioid use among adolescents and young adults in the US is high despite known risks for future opioid and other drug use disorders. Reported prescription opioid misuse is common among adolescents and young adults and often associated with additional substance abuse, underscoring the importance of drug and alcohol screening programs in this population. Prevention and treatment efforts should take into account that greater than half of youths misusing prescription opioids obtain these medications through friends and relatives.