Prescription Opioid Misuse by Adolescents

Review of the Literature and Recommendations for Prevention

Marcia L. Buck, PharmD, FCCP, FPPAG, BCPPS


Pediatr Pharm. 2016;22(9) 

In This Article

Abstract and Introduction


The previous issue of Pediatric Pharmacotherapy focused on optimizing pain management after outpatient surgery through analgesic choice, improved access, and targeted parent education about pain assessment and medication use. This companion article addresses another concern related to pediatric analgesic use, the rising rate of misuse of prescription opioids in adolescents. There is now a growing body of literature on this problem, with multiple studies summarizing the extent of this problem and its relationship to shifts in prescribing patterns, as well as recommendations for reducing the potential for misuse.