Study: More Kids Have Access to Opioids


Adults are not the only ones getting their hands on opioids.  A new study revealed more kids are winding up in the hospital due to overdosing.

The number of kids who ended up in the ER nearly doubled between 1997 and 2012.  Researchers say more adults are being prescribed than ever before, meaning more children are prone to getting their hands on them.  The Centers for Disease Control is now urging doctors to take it easy on prescribing the drugs.

“Most prescriptions are for legitimate reasons,” said Dr. Doug Carlson, Medical Director for St. John’s Children’s Hospital.  “We have to understand how to decrease the number that we have so the appropriate people are being treated for their pain syndromes, but not having access the way it is to the general population.

The CDC says opioid overdoses killed more than 47,000 in 2014.

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