Almost Half of All Opioid Misuse Starts With a Friend or Family Member’s Prescription

A national survey of 50,000 adults found that more than half who misused opioids didn’t even have a prescription for them — rather, they obtained the drugs from friends or relatives. NPR didn’t say whether those friends and relatives willingly shared the drugs, or if they were “borrowed” without the legal owners’ knowledge, but they did say that many narcotics are overprescribed. They added that nearly two-thirds of those who used opioids inappropriately did...

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