“Teens who are given prescription narcotic painkillers may run a higher risk of abusing narcotics after high school, a new study suggests.
Researchers said teen painkiller use was associated with a 33 percent increased risk of later abuse. And it was seen mostly among those with little to no history of drug use and those who strongly disapproved of illegal drug use.
“A prescription for a pain reliever can put adolescents at risk for future pain reliever misuse,” said study author Richard Miech, a research professor at the Survey Research Center at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.
The report was published online Oct. 26 in the journal Pediatrics.”
Source: Health Day – October 28, 2015