Study Shows Rate Of Opioid Misuse More Than Doubled In Ten Years

HealthDay (6/24, Preidt) reports that National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism issued the results of a study, published in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, showing that the rate of US adults who “reported nonmedical use of addictive opioids in 2012-2013” was more than 4 percent, more than double the less than 2 percent rate a decade earlier. National Institute on Drug Abuse director Dr. Nora Volkow said the rise in opioid misuse “poses a myriad of serious public health consequences.” NIAAA director George Koob cautioned against the “potent interaction of opioids with alcohol and other sedative-hypnotic drugs – an interaction that can be lethal.”

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— “Opioid Update: Painkiller Misuse in U.S. Doubled in Decade,” Robert Preidt, HealthDay, June 24, 2016.

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