Monday, December 30, 2013

Teen athletes may misuse medication

According to recent study published in Journal of Adolescent Health that suggests that teenage athletes are exposed to high risk of sports related injuries that may lead them to risk for medication misuse and abuse. This research is especially focusing on boys. Through this research it was found that male athletes tends to get prescription as opioid medication as they are more into sports such as wrestling and football that have the highest rate of severe injury amongst the high school sports. The guys start up with general prescription but then they move its misuse and abuse of the medications. This actually helps them in sports but at later this may affect their health badly. The lead researcher of the study, Philip Veliz, Ph.D., of the Institute for Research on Women and Gender at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor explains, “We should expect that adolescents who participate in competitive sports at the interscholastic level are at a greater risk to get injured and, subsequently, be more likely to be prescribed opioids to manage pain.”

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