Prescription Opioid Addiction Risk Among Young Adults Jumped 37 Percent
A new study finds the risk of
prescription opioid addiction rose 37 percent among young adults between 2002
and 2014. Past-year heroin use also rose among 18- to 25-year-olds, from 2
percent to 7 percent.
Among adults ages 26 to 34, risk of
an opioid use disorder more than doubled, from 11 percent to 24 percent, HealthDay reports. Heroin use among this age group rose
sixfold, to 12 percent.
“The potential development of
prescription opioid use disorder among youth and young adults represents an
important and growing public health concern,” first author Dr. Silvia Martins
of the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health said in a news release. The study appears in the journal Addictive Behaviors.
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