Magazine article Clinical Psychiatry News

Men More Likely Than Women to Misuse Prescription Opioids

Magazine article Clinical Psychiatry News

Men More Likely Than Women to Misuse Prescription Opioids

Article excerpt

More men than women report nonmedical prescription opioid use, according to the results of a nationally representative survey of 55,279 individuals published online in Addictive Behaviors.

Men were significantly more likely to endorse lifetime nonmedical use of prescription opioids (15.9% vs. 11.2%) and past-year use (5.9% vs. 4.2%), according to Sudie E. Back, Ph.D., and colleagues at the Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston (Addict. Behav. 2010 June 22 [doi:10.1016/j.addbeh.2010.06.018]).

The investigators looked at data from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's 2006 National Survey on Drug Use and Health. Most of the participants were over age 35, white, employed, and married.

The investigators found no significant difference between men and women on the rates of opioid abuse or dependence. Among individuals who had used prescription opioids nonmedically during the past year, 13.2% met the criteria for current abuse or dependence.

In a multivariate analysis that controlled for numerous demographic factors, the investigators isolated several independent predictors of past-year nonmedical prescription opioid use. …

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