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Recreational Marijuana Users More Likely To Misuse Prescription Drugs, According to National Study by Quest Diagnostics
Date:4/8/2013

MADISON, N.J., April 8, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Individuals who use marijuana recreationally are more likely to misuse other drugs, including pain-controlling, but potentially addictive narcotics, sedatives and other prescription medications, than individuals who do not use marijuana, according to a new national study issued today by Quest Diagnostics (NYSE: DGX), the world's leading provider of diagnostic information services.

The study also found that while marijuana was the most frequently abused drug of patients tested, individuals who used prescribed marijuana (prescription cannabinoids) were not more likely to misuse other drugs than non-marijuana users. 

The Quest Diagnostics Health Trends™ report, A Report on Marijuana and Prescription Drug Misuse in America, is believed to be one of the largest studies of the correlation between marijuana and prescription drug use in a nationally representative population based on objective laboratory data.

The report is now available at QuestDiagnostics.com/HealthTrends. The company will present additional findings from the report during the 2013 American Academy of Pain Medicine (AAPM) Annual Meeting, April 11-14, 2013, in Fort Lauderdale, Florida (booth 207).

"This study provides important evidence that people who use marijuana have greater risk of other forms of drug misuse. Future research is needed to determine the exact nature of this relationship and to inform substance prevention efforts," said Christian Thurstone , M.D., assistant professor, psychiatry, University of Colorado School of Medicine and medical director of Denver Health, an adolescent substance abuse program in Denver.

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