Opioids, a Family Affair

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Teens are more likely to abuse opioids if a family member does.

Kids and teens are more likely to misuse opioids after surgery if a family member also abuses the drugs.

A new University of Michigan study looked at 250-thousand young people who filled their first opioid prescription after a dental or medical procedure.

It showed young patients had double the risk of long term opioid use when at least one relative was a long time user.

Experts say doctors should screen young patients for long term opioid use in their family.

 

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