Opioid painkiller prescriptions may run in familiesLast Updated: Monday, January 8, 2018
(Reuters Health, December 11) People are more likely to get opioid prescriptions if someone else in their household has one, according to a U.S. study.
Researchers looked at data from over 12 million people who live in the same household with someone who was prescribed opioids and 6.4 million people who lived with someone who was given nonprescription steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID).
They found that 11.83 percent of people living with someone prescribed opioids started taking opioids over the next year. In addition, a little bit over 11 percent of people living with someone prescribed NSAIDs started using opioids as well. Read more.