Physicians are increasingly prescribing controlled medications, such as opioids, sedatives, and stimulants, to adolescents and young adults, according to new research published in the December issue of Pediatrics.
“Overall, we found that a controlled medication was prescribed at approximately 1 out of every 6 visits by young adults and 1 out of every 9 visits by adolescents,” lead investigator Robert J. Fortuna, MD, MPH, from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, New York, told Medscape Medical News.
“These increasing rates were observed across multiple settings, including ambulatory offices and emergency departments, and rates have nearly doubled since 1994,” he added….
Reported by Fran Lowry
Medscape Medical News
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