According to a study conducted by Maria A. Parker, a doctoral student at
Michigan State University’s Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics,
14 and 15 year olds are at a high risk of painkiller addiction. The study
shows that when these teens use the prescription painkiller within a 12-month
period beyond the prescribed duration, they are more likely than other
young individuals to become dependent on the opioids.
The study was conducted based on research from 2002 to 2013 that focused
on individuals ages 12 to 20. Based on the 42,000 respondents, 14 and
15 year olds were two to three times more likely to develop an addiction
to painkillers within one year than individuals who is 20 or 21 years old.
Maria Parker made the following statement regarding the study and its results:
“Many kids start using these drugs other than what’s prescribed
because they’re curious to see what it feels like. The point of
our study was to estimate the risk of dependency after someone in this
age group starts using them beyond the boundaries of a doctor’s
orders. It’s important to identify when young people are starting
to use these drugs because it allows us to provide prevention or intervention
outreach strategies around these ages and much earlier on so things don’t
escalate into something worse. No age group is free from risk though.”
Statistics in Michigan revealed that painkiller use, including drugs such as
Vicodin, has quadrupled over the last eight years. Many states are beginning efforts
to crack down on prescription drug issues and it begins with knowing and
understanding the drugs and possible addiction risks. Parents should know
the appropriate dosage amounts prescribed to their children and storing
these prescription drugs in a proper location.
There are certain criminal offenses that involve prescription painkillers.
Certain tasks forces have been assembled in order to combat the growing
issues with prescription drugs and offer various recommendations to help
If you or someone you love has been arrested on charges involving prescription drugs,
contact our team at Koffel Brininger Nesbitt. We are ready to help you move forward in a more
positive, effective manner.