Teen Athletes Less Likely To Abuse Prescription Pain Medications

HealthDay (7/25, Bernstein) reports, “Teenage athletes are less likely to abuse prescription” pain medications “than kids who don’t play sports or exercise,” research published online July 25 in Pediatrics suggests. The study’s findings “run counter to some research in recent years detailing concerns about injured teen athletes abusing opioid” pain medications prescribed by physicians “and then moving on to use heroin.”

MedPage Today (7/25, Walker) reports that in arriving at the study’s conclusions, investigators “examined data from 191,660 respondents – 52% eighth graders and 48% tenth graders.”

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— “Painkillers for Teen Athletes Won’t Spur Addiction: Study,” James Bernstein, HealthDay, July 25, 2016.

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