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Reported November 14, 2013

Young Male Athletes More Likely to Abuse Medications

(Ivanhoe Newswire) – Male teenage athletes are more likely to use and abuse opioid medications than their non-athlete male peers, but female athletes are not any more likely to abuse them than their non-athlete female peers.

Researchers from the University of Michigan followed 1,540 teenagers, and found male athletes were more likely to be prescribed opioids and misuse them as well, compared to non-athlete males. But female athletes are no more likely to abuse them than their non-athlete female peers.  Researchers believe part of this is because of the role of sports in the social world of a high school.

“Adolescent males depend on sports for social status, the maintenance of relationships with male peers and family members,” lead researcher Philip Veliz, Ph.D., was quoted as saying. ”Consequently, opioid use and misuse among males could be the byproduct of a play-through-pain culture.”

For more information, go to: http://www.ns.umich.edu/new/releases/21802-u-m-research-supports-need-for-more-control-over-prescribed-drugs-for-youths

SOURCE: Journal of Adolescent Health, November 2013; Health Behavior News Service

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