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Roughly 10% of adolescents report nonmedical opioid, sedative use


In a survey of adolescents and young adults who presented to one university medical center emergency department (ED), 10.4% of study subjects reported nonmedical prescription opiate use (NPOU) or nonmedical prescription sedative use (NPSU) in the previous year, with only 12.3% or 14.6%, respectively, having a current home prescription for opioids or sedatives. Factors associated with NPOU or NPSU included other substance abuse, drinking and driving, and riding with a drinking driver.