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Trends in medical and nonmedical use of prescription opioids among US adolescents: 1976–2015.

McCabe SE, West BT, Veliz P, et al. Trends in Medical and Nonmedical Use of Prescription Opioids Among US Adolescents: 1976-2015. Pediatrics. 2017;139(4):e20162387. doi:10.1542/peds.2016-2387.

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May 17, 2017
McCabe SE, West BT, Veliz P, et al. Pediatrics. 2017;139(4):e20162387.

Opioid use is a patient safety epidemic. This survey of high school seniors in the United States found that prescription opioid use usually precedes nonmedical opioid use, suggesting that improving prescribing practices in accordance with the recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guideline is important to address medical and nonmedical opioid use.

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McCabe SE, West BT, Veliz P, et al. Trends in Medical and Nonmedical Use of Prescription Opioids Among US Adolescents: 1976-2015. Pediatrics. 2017;139(4):e20162387. doi:10.1542/peds.2016-2387.