Are Opioids Abused by Teenage Boys?
Per the Monitoring the Future Survey by the National Institute of Health. Despite the continued rise in opioid-related deaths and overdoses. Over the past five years, the misuse of prescription opioids has dropped significantly among 12th graders. For example, the abuse of Vicodin notably dropped by around 58% among 8th graders. Much of this is because these drugs are much harder for teen boys to get. When compared to 2010 results, in 2018 only one in three 12th graders said that prescription opioids were easy to find.
Other than the abuse of heroin, there has been a significant change in opioid use among teen boys. However, heroin use among high school students still remains low. Prescription drug use has been one of the fastest growing drug problems in the United States. In 2009 the abuse of prescription pain medication was at its peak among high school teens. During that year, around 9.5% of high school students abused prescription opioids, which has dropped to 3.5% in 2018.
All adolescents are at risk of abusing prescription opioids. If a teen boy is struggling with acute or chronic pain or a physical health problem. This is a strong motivator to seek out prescription pain medication. Much of the national data collected in the United States has shown that over half of adolescents who abuse prescription opioids, received them from a friend or relative.