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High risk of painkiller abuse among teens in rural settings

from Psych Central

Adolescent abuse of narcotic painkillers is higher in rural areas and small cities than that found in large urban area. Researchers found that adolescents — youths between 12 and 17 — in rural communities are 35 percent more likely to have abused prescription painkillers in the past year than adolescents living in large cities. Similarly, adolescents who live in small cities have a 21 percent greater likelihood of abusing prescription painkillers than their large urban counterparts. more

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