Teens Frequently Given Opioids for Headache

Published Online: Wednesday, June 11, 2014
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Almost half of teenagers who had recurring headaches were prescribed opioid painkillers, with those who received care in emergency departments even more likely to receive the drugs, according to the results of a study published online on February 28, 2014, in the Journal of Adolescent Health. Among adolescents who received opioid prescriptions, 47.8% received 1 prescription, 22.5% received 2 prescriptions, and 29.3% received 3 or more prescriptions.

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