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High numbers of youth report using prescription opioids in the past year

19:00 EST 7 Nov 2019 | AAAS

(Boston Children's Hospital) A new analysis of US data finds an unexpectedly high prevalence of prescription opioid use among youth. As recently as 2015-2016, 21% of adolescents and 32% of young adults said they had used these drugs in the past year. Nearly 4 percent and 8 percent, respectively, reported misusing opioids. Findings were published Nov. 5 in PLoS Medicine.

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