15 Percent of Teens and Young Adults Prescribed Opioids During ER Visit

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Almost 15 percent of teens and young adults are prescribed opioids during an emergency room visit, according to a new study.

In contrast, 3 percent of teens and young adults seen in an outpatient clinic receive an opioid prescription, NBC News reports.

“Adolescents and young adults are such a high-risk population for opioid misuse and future addiction,” said study author Joel Hudgins, M.D., of the Boston Children’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School. “We found the rates of opioid prescriptions were pretty high, at 15 percent, which is right in line with adult data.”

Hudgins said he was surprised by the types of illnesses that were treated with opioids. For example, opioids were prescribed at 12.5 percent of visits for sore throats, 16.7 percent of visits for urinary tract infections and 57.9 percent of dental problems.

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