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Teen athletes at risk for medication misuse

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November 12, 2013
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Health Behavior News Service, part of the Center for Advancing Health
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Male adolescents who participate in organized sports are more likely to be prescribed opioid medications and misuse them than male teens that don’t play sports, finds a new study.

Teen athletes derive many positive benefits from participating in sports, but their increased risk of sports-related injuries may also heighten their risk for medication misuse and abuse, especially for boys, finds a recent study in the Journal of Adolescent Health.

Nearly 7.5 million adolescents take part in sports at the high school level and 2 million high school athletic injuries occur each year.

"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," said lead researcher Philip Veliz, Ph.D., of the Institute for Research on Women and Gender at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.

The study, which followed 1,540 teens, showed that male athletes were more likely to use and misuse opioids medications on at least one occasion in the past year than non-athlete males. However, said Veliz, "one surprise was that female athletes were not more likely to be prescribed these medications or misuse them."

Male athletes may be more likely to be prescribed opioid medication because they are more likely to play sports such as wrestling and football, which have the highest rate of severe injury among high school sports. But their misuse and abuse of the medications may also have something to do with the role that sports play in the lives of young men, say the researchers.

"Adolescent males depend on sports for social status, the maintenance of relationships with male peers and family members," said Veliz. "In other words, sports are a powerful site to be recognized as a man, and male adolescents will sacrifice their bodies through athletic performances to prove their masculinity. Consequently, opioid use and misuse among males could be the byproduct of a play-through-pain culture."

There is still value to prescribing opioids, says Veliz, as they are helpful in managing pain on a short-term basis. Prescribing physicians can reduce the odds of misuse by discussing the management of medications with both adolescents and their parents.

"It's important to discuss abuse with patient and parent and prescribe narcotics only when necessary, in limited amounts and for a limited duration," said Daniel Green, M.D., a pediatric orthopedic surgeon at New York's Hospital for Special Surgery. He suggests that legislation can help.

"Legislation in New York now requires doctors to review a patient's narcotic history on a pharmacy database prior to prescribing narcotics," said Dr. Green. "Physicians should only provide narcotics for a limited amount of time and use non-opioid alternatives whenever possible."

Parental involvement can decrease the likelihood of misuse or abuse. "Most adolescents have unsupervised access to these medications giving them the opportunity to misuse these drugs," said Veliz.


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The above story is based on materials provided by Health Behavior News Service, part of the Center for Advancing Health. The original article was written by Joan MacDonald. Note: Materials may be edited for content and length.


Journal Reference:

  1. Philip Veliz, Quyen M. Epstein-Ngo, Elizabeth Meier, Paula Lynn Ross-Durow, Sean Esteban McCabe, Carol J. Boyd. Painfully Obvious: A Longitudinal Examination of Medical Use and Misuse of Opioid Medication Among Adolescent Sports Participants. Journal of Adolescent Health, 2013; DOI: 10.1016/j.jadohealth.2013.09.002

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Health Behavior News Service, part of the Center for Advancing Health. "Teen athletes at risk for medication misuse." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 12 November 2013. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/11/131112003422.htm>.
Health Behavior News Service, part of the Center for Advancing Health. (2013, November 12). Teen athletes at risk for medication misuse. ScienceDaily. Retrieved October 1, 2014 from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/11/131112003422.htm
Health Behavior News Service, part of the Center for Advancing Health. "Teen athletes at risk for medication misuse." ScienceDaily. www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/11/131112003422.htm (accessed October 1, 2014).

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