Parents Numb to Misuse of Narcotic Pain Meds by Youth, New Poll Shows

Despite data on rising rates of abuse and overdoses of narcotic pain medicines across all age groups, in a new poll from the University of Michigan, most parents said they are not very concerned about misuse of these medicines by children and teens.

In addition, parent support was lukewarm for policies that would discourage abuse of drugs like Vicodin or Oxycontin, according to the most recent University of Michigan Mott Children’s Hospital National Poll on Children’s Health.

Report highlights include:

  • ¨About one-third of parents report they had received at least one pain medicine prescription for their children in the last five years.
  • ¨35% of parents are very concerned about misuse of narcotic pain medicines by children and teens in their communities; only 19% are concerned about misuse in their families.
  • ¨Nearly one-half of parents do not favor a requirement that they return unused pain medicine to the doctor or pharmacy.

The press release is available at:

Source: Newswise/University of Michigan Health System – January 23, 2013