Many teens in EDs admit to nonmedical use of opiates, sedatives

10/28/2013 | ·

U.S. researchers found that 10.4% of 2,135 14- to 20-year-olds who were taken to an emergency department said they used either prescription opiates or sedatives for nonmedical reasons. Among the opiate users, 14.6% had a current prescription for the drug, while 12.3% of sedative users had a current prescription, according to the study in the journal Pediatrics.

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