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Commentary on: Miech R, Johnson L, O'Malley PM, et al. Prescription opioids in adolescence and future opioid misuse. Pediatrics 2015;136:1169–77.
Implications for practice and research
Clinicians should consider the risk for future opioid misuse when prescribing opioids to adolescents.
Nurses should educate adolescents and parents about the risk of opioid prescriptions.
Future research should focus on understanding the risk of opioid prescriptions in adolescents without a history of substance use, a group that to date has been received little attention.
Opioids are extremely efficacious for management of pain. However, in recent years opioid misuse, abuse, and overdose have reached epidemic proportions.1 Adolescents and young adults are at high risk for opioid misuse, with about 10% of 18-year-olds in the USA reporting opioid misuse in the previous 12 months.2 The study by Miech and colleagues aimed to contribute further data about whether legitimate opioid prescription is an independent risk factor for future opioid misuse in adolescents. …
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