Wednesday, December 1, 2010

More Controlled Drugs Prescribed for Young People

Although controlled medications — drugs that are regulated by the federal government — have the strongest potential for abuse by adolescents and young adults, prescriptions for these age groups have almost doubled within the past 14 years, according to a recent study published in Pediatrics.

The findings reveal that a controlled drug is prescribed for young adults (20-29 year olds) in approximately one out of every six visits and for adolescents (15-19 years) in one in nine visits.

The study classified clinical visits based on the drug prescribed, reason for visit, place of visit and demographic and geographic factors. Drugs were categorized as narcotics (or opioids), sedatives or stimulants.

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