Rx Medicines Misused by Over 12% of High School Seniors

A survey of more than 12,000 U.S. high-school seniors found that 12.3% said they had used opioid-based prescription drugs for non-medical purposes, with 8% saying they had done so within the past year. Students said they used drugs like hydrocodone, oxycodone, hydromorphone, meperidine, morphine and codeine to relax, relieve tension, get high, experiment, relieve pain, or have a good time with their friends. Those who used the drugs for reasons other than pain relief were more likely to use other addictive drugs and have signs of addictive disorders, researchers said. (Archives of Pediatric Adolescent Medicine 2009;163(8):739- 744.)