Often, Opioid Abuse Becomes a Family Affair

Denise Gillin Health Benefits, News, Risk Management

Opioid addiction often starts in the family medicine cabinet, a new study warns.┬áIf someone is taking prescription opioids for pain, such as OxyContin, it’s more likely that others living in the home will also get an opioid prescription, the researchers found.

“Prescription opioid use may spread within households, and patients may need to consider the risks to other family members,” said lead researcher Marissa Seamans. She is a postdoctoral fellow at Johns Hopkins School of Public Health’s department of mental health in Baltimore.

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