Navigation Links
Parents numb to misuse of narcotic pain meds by youth, new poll shows
Date:1/23/2013

ANN ARBOR, Mich., Jan. 23, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Despite data on rising rates of abuse and overdoses of narcotic pain medicines across all age groups, in a new poll from the University of Michigan, most parents said they are not very concerned about misuse of these medicines by children and teens.

In addition, parent support was lukewarm for policies that would discourage abuse of drugs like Vicodin or Oxycontin, according to the most recent University of Michigan Mott Children's Hospital National Poll on Children's Health.

Overall, 35% of parents said they are very concerned about misuse of narcotic pain medicines by children and teens in their communities; only 1 in 5 parents (19%) are very concerned about misuse of pain medicines in their own families. Black parents (38%) and Hispanic parents (26%) are more likely than white parents (13%) to be very concerned about misuse of narcotic pain medicines in their own families.  

The poll also confirmed that prescription pain medicine is common in US households with children.  Thirty-five percent of parents report that, in the last five years, they had received at least one pain medicine prescription for their children; over half of these prescriptions were for a narcotic pain medicine. Two-thirds (66%) had received at least one pain medicine prescription for themselves or another adult in the household.

National data indicate that the number of drug overdose deaths attributed to narcotic pain medicines is more than overdose deaths from heroin and cocaine combined. However, almost half of the parents in this poll do not favor a requirement that they return unused pain medicine to the doctor or pharmacy. Only 41 percent favor a policy that would require a doctor's visit to obtain a refill on narcotic pain medicines.

"Recent estimates are that 1 in 4 high school seniors have ever used a narcotic pain medicine. However, parents may downplay the risks of narcotic pain medicine because they are prescribed by a doctor," says Sarah J. Clark , M.P.H., Associate Director of the Child Health Evaluation and Research (CHEAR) Unit at the University of Michigan and Associate Director of the National Poll on Children's Health.

"However, people who misuse narcotic pain medicine are often using drugs prescribed to themselves, a friend or a relative. That 'safe' prescription may serve as a readily accessible supply of potentially lethal drugs for children or teens," Clark says.

Although rates of narcotic pain medicine use have been shown to be three times higher among white teens than their black or Hispanic peers, white parents in this poll are less likely than black or Hispanic parents to be very concerned about narcotic pain medicine use, and are less likely to support policies to limit children's access to them. 

There was support for some policies to discourage misuse: 66 percent strongly supported requiring parents to show identification when picking narcotic pain medicine for their children. Fifty-seven percent strongly supported policies blocking narcotic pain medicine scripts from more than one doctor.

But overall, the limited level of concern and the lack of strong support for policy changes show the public may not recognize the seriousness of the problem.

"This is a national problem and a growing problem. The results of this poll are a signal that parents may not be aware of the significant rates of misuse of narcotic pain medicine, which highlights the tremendous challenge of addressing this national problem," Clark says.

Broadcast-quality video is available on request. See the video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c8cXRIEmkTk.

Full report: http://mottnpch.org/reports-surveys/parents-numb-misuse-narcotic-pain-medicines-youth

Website: Check out the Poll's new website: MottNPCH.org. You can search and browse over 70 NPCH Reports, suggest topics for future polls, share your opinion in a quick poll, and view information on popular topics. The National Poll on Children's Health team welcomes feedback on the new website, including features you'd like to see added. To share feedback, e-mail NPCH@med.umich.edu.

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/mottnpch
Twitter: @MottNPCH
Additional resources: http://www.cdc.gov/homeandrecreationalsafety/rxbrief/
http://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/topics-in-brief/prescription-drug-abuse

Purpose/Funding: The C.S. Mott Children's Hospital National Poll on Children's Health – based at the Child Health Evaluation and Research Unit at the University of Michigan and funded by the Department of Pediatrics and Communicable Diseases and the University of Michigan Health System – is designed to measure major health care issues and trends for U.S. children.

Data Source: This report presents findings from a nationally representative household survey conducted exclusively by GfK Custom Research, LLC GfK Custom Research, LLC (GfK), for C.S. Mott Children's Hospital via a method used in many published studies. The survey was administered in September 2012 to a randomly selected, stratified group of parents with a child age 5-17 (n=1,304) from GfK's web-enabled KnowledgePanel® that closely resembles the U.S. population. The sample was subsequently weighted to reflect population figures from the Census Bureau. The survey completion rate was 57% among panel members contacted to participate. The margin of error is +/- 2 to 4 percentage points and higher among subgroups.

Findings from the U-M C.S. Mott Children's Hospital National Poll on Children's Health do not represent the opinions of the investigators or the opinions of the University of Michigan. 


'/>"/>
SOURCE University of Michigan Mott Children's Hospital National Poll on Children's Health
Copyright©2012 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine technology :

1. MSA Helps Bring Infant CPR Training to New Parents in Butler
2. ALERT: Parents ... Learn What Your Teens Are Up to Now
3. U.S. Senate Resolution Urges Communities, Parents to Fight Teen Medicine Abuse
4. Webcams Help Parents Keep Watch Over Their Babies During Hurricane Isaac
5. National Call-to-Action to Boost Meningitis Vaccination Rates Supported by Leading Health Organizations, Urges Minneapolis-St. Paul Parents to Vaccinate Preteens and Teens
6. National Call-to-Action to Boost Meningitis Vaccination Rates Supported by Leading Health Organizations, Urges Nashville Parents to Vaccinate Preteens and Teens
7. National Call-to-Action to Boost Meningitis Vaccination Rates Supported by Leading Health Organizations, Urges St. Louis Parents to Vaccinate Preteens and Teens
8. Parents Less Likely To Develop Colds, Carnegie Mellon Research Shows
9. Federal Appeals Court Upholds Fraud Verdict Against Cornell University Medical School For Misuse Of NIH Aids Funding
10. Large-Scale Meta-Analysis Shows Age Not a Social Barrier to Opioid Use and Misuse
11. INTACâ„¢ Technology Combats Misuse of Extended Release Drugs
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:6/23/2016)... 23, 2016 Roche (SIX: RO, ROG; OTCQX: ... its Elecsys BRAHMS PCT (procalcitonin) assay as a dedicated ... shock. With this clearance, Roche is the first IVD ... solution for sepsis risk assessment and management. ... and PCT levels in blood can aid clinicians in ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... , June 23, 2016 ... CAPR ), a biotechnology company focused on the ... announced that patient enrollment in its ongoing randomized ... has exceeded 50% of its 24-patient target. Capricor ... the third quarter of 2016, and to report ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... Bracket , a leading clinical trial technology ... outcomes platform, Bracket eCOA (SM) 6.0, at the 52 ... 30, 2016 in Philadelphia , Pennsylvania.  A ... product of its kind to fully integrate with RTSM, will ... 6.0 is a flexible platform for electronic clinical outcomes assessments ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... June 24, 2016 , ... Strategic Capital Partners, LLC (SCP) ... obtaining investment capital for emerging technology companies. SCP has delivered investment events ... in more than a million dollars of capital investment for five companies. ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... June 24, 2016 , ... Advanced Plastic Surgery ... Arizona pageant as its official Medspa Sponsor. Dr. Josh Olson, a board-certified plastic ... , Dr. Olson says the decision to support the pageant in an ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... June 24, 2016 , ... Today, InhaleLabs.com (Inhale) offilially launched its ... by matching users with high quality water pipes within an ideal price range. The ... Inhale was founded by two brothers, Nick and Mike Hunter, who use medical cannabis ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... ... June 23, 2016 , ... An article ... a possible link between head and neck cancer in individuals with unhealthy oral hygiene ... were evaluated based on whether they had gum disease, brushed their teeth on a ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... ... June 23, 2016 , ... Virginia Beach resident Sean ... He turned towards the water to find peace and set out to accomplish a ... charity and turned to the internet. He came across the story of another special ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):