Quick Quiz: Who’s at Greatest Risk?

QUICK QUIZ: Who’s at Greatest Risk?

Which of these factors is not a sign of increased risk for poor outcomes (including addiction, overdose and death) from long-term use of ER/LA opioid medicines?

1.   Current or past substance abuse
2.   Male gender
3.   Older age
4.   Current mental health diagnosis (ex: PTSD, depression)

Show Answer

Older age is not a risk factor. People under the age of 30 are at highest risk for abusing extended-release and long-acting opioids. According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, close to 1.7 million people ages 12-25 (over 4,500 young people per day) abused a prescription drug for the first time. Young male athletes have an increased risk of prescription drug abuse due to sports-related injuries.

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