Navigation Links
Study examines use of opioids
Date:8/27/2008

Boston, MAResearchers from Boston University's Slone Epidemiology Center have found that in a given week, over 10 million Americans are taking opioids, and more than 4 million are taking them regularly (at least five days per week, for at least four weeks). These findings appear in the August 31 issue of the journal Pain.

Opioids are commonly administered for the treatment of moderate to severe pain and are among the most widely prescribed drugs in the United States. While these drugs have an essential role in pain management, there are concerns about potential abuse. Despite these concerns, characteristics of opioid use within the non-institutionalized US population are not well known, particularly for recent years.

The researchers conducted a telephone survey of randomly selected U.S. households; there were 19,150 subjects aged 18 years or older interviewed from February 1998 through September 2006. Information was gathered on all prescription and non-prescription medications taken during the preceding seven days. For each recorded medication, information was obtained on reason for use, type of administration, number of days taken in the week before the interview, and total duration of the current use.

The researchers found opioids were used 'regularly' by 2 percent of those surveyed. An additional 2.9 percent used opioids less frequently. Regular opioid use increased with age, decreased with education level, and was more common in females and in non-Hispanic whites. The prevalence of regular opioid use increased over time and was highest in the South Central region of the country. Among regular users, almost half had been taking opioids for two or more years and nearly one-fifth had been taking opioids for five years or longer. There was also a much higher prevalence of other medication use among regular opioid users compared to nonusers.

According to the researchers, given the large number of individuals affected, the recent increase in public health concern for safe and effective pain management is appropriate. "From this nationally representative telephone survey, we estimate that more than 4.3 million U.S. adults are taking opioids regularly in any given week," said lead author Judith Parsells Kelly of the Slone Epidemiology Center. "The extent and characteristics of opioid use among U.S. adults reflected in this study reinforces the need to strike a rational balance between opioid misuse and effective control of chronic pain," she added.


'/>"/>

Contact: Michelle Roberts
michelle.roberts@bmc.org
617-638-8491
Boston University
Source:Eurekalert

Related medicine news :

1. Study reveals gap in HIV testing knowledge among college students
2. Trouble quitting?: A new Pitt-Carnegie Mellon smoking study may reveal why
3. Why do eyelids sag with age? UCLA study answers mystery
4. New Research Study Seeks Improved Quality of Life for People in the Future with Schizophrenia
5. Medical Records Institute Unveils Platform for Studying Cell Phone Applications in Healthcare
6. [video] Charles Fust, CEO of SinoFresh HealthCare, Inc. Discusses Preliminary Test Results From In Vivo Pilot Study on WallSt.nets 3-Minute Press Show
7. U. of Chicago study: More than 10 percent of older Americans suffer mistreatment
8. Journal of Cardiovascular Electrophysiology Publishes Data Showing Ranolazine Shortened QT Interval and Improved Cardiac Relaxation in Study of Patients With Long QT Syndrome
9. Study Lets Teens Sound Off on Acne Therapies
10. UNC study: chilling hardship rates among families raising disabled children
11. Study Probes Internet Health-Related Search Patterns
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:1/17/2017)... Utah (PRWEB) , ... January 17, 2017 , ... ... of accredited, online continuing education for EMS and firefighting professionals, has released four ... (VILT) Solution. These new courses are taught live in an online classroom and ...
(Date:1/17/2017)... (PRWEB) , ... January 17, 2017 , ... ... today announced its partnership with Sigfox in the U.S.A. to offer ... nationwide including new offerings on large-scale environmental sensor deployments such as monitoring ...
(Date:1/17/2017)... ... January 17, 2017 , ... Livionex, Inc., a Silicon Valley ... double blind clinical study for its dental gel that shows significant reduction in plaque ... toothpaste containing triclosan. The study was conducted at the Beckman Laser Institute at UC ...
(Date:1/17/2017)... York, NY (PRWEB) , ... January 17, 2017 ... ... Inc. Magazine’s fastest-growing private companies and ranked among the top US security companies ... Board of Directors. This announcement brings a year-long independent board nomination process ...
(Date:1/16/2017)... ... 17, 2017 , ... To provide comfort and fuel during ... fast-casual category, announces a hearty and wholesome Winter Menu. Starting today, guests can ... Sandwich, Cranberry Crunch & Honey Parfait, Slow Cooked Smoky Chicken & Sausage Soup, ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:1/17/2017)... , Jan. 17, 2017  Market Research Future published a ... Devices Market is expected to reach USD 33.6 million during the ... Market Highlights ... The Global Endoscopy Devices Market has been examined as a swiftly ... there is huge demand for endoscopy device in various regions.  The ...
(Date:1/17/2017)... YORK , Jan. 17, 2016  Attorney Advertising -- ... behalf of purchasers of Anthera Pharmaceuticals, Inc. ("Anthera" or the ... to obtain additional information and assist the investigation by visiting ... concerns whether Anthera and certain of its officers and/or directors ... Act of 1934. ...
(Date:1/17/2017)...  In a letter to President-elect Donald J. ... outlines AARP,s priorities for Americans age 50 and older ... affordable health care coverage, and lowering the cost of ... to President-elect Trump that "Our nearly 38 million members ... to protect their Medicare and Social Security benefits, protect ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: