Association of Opioids Prescribed to Family Members With Opioid Overdose Among Adolescents and Young Adults

Abstract

Importance: Family members are cited as a common source of prescription opioids used for nonmedical reasons. However, the overdose risk associated with exposure to opioids prescribed to family members among adolescents and young adults is not well established.

Objective: To assess the association of opioids prescribed to family members with pharmaceutical opioid overdose among youth.

Design, setting, and participants: This cohort study included 45 145 family units with a total of 72 040 adolescents and young adults aged 11 to 26 years enrolled in a Kaiser Permanente Colorado health plan in 2006 and observed through June 2018.

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