Gateway Drugs Linked to Prescription Drug Abuse

Researchers at the Yale School of Medicine analyzed nationally-representative survey data to explore a possible link between alcohol, cigarette, and marijuana use as an adolescent and subsequent abuse of prescription pain medication as a young adult. Their paper, published in the Journal of Adolescent Health, was the first to find that a link between these “gateway drugs” and prescription painkillers. They found that all three drugs are associated with higher levels of prescription drug abuse in men, but only marijuana use is associated with higher levels of prescription drug abuse in in women.

http://www.yaledailynews.com/news/2012/sep/04/gateway-drugs-linked-to-prescription-drug-abuse/

Source: Yale Daily News – September 4, 2012

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