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Examining rates of long-term opioid use in youth with psychiatric disorders

from Psychiatry Advisor

Adolescents with preexisting mental health conditions and treatments are substantially more likely than adolescents without such conditions to transition from opioid initiation to long-term opioid therapy according to the results of a study published in JAMA Pediatrics. In 2015, more than a quarter of a million adolescents were current users of nonmedical prescribed opioids and more than 33,000 Americans died of an opioid overdose. more

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