Study tracks prescribing patterns for teen headache pain

03/12/2014 | MedPage Today (free registration)

An analysis of claims and pharmacy data related to 8,373 teens who saw a clinician for headache pain found that 46% received a prescription for one opioid drug, and 29% got three or more scripts, researchers reported in the Journal of Adolescent Health. Treatment in an emergency department was associated with a greater likelihood that opioids would be prescribed. Guidelines do not support opioids as a first-line treatment. The findings were not surprising but do raise concerns, said Dr. Joel Saper, who leads the Michigan Headache & Neurological Institute.

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