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Teens hit peak risk for painkillers at 16

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The peak risk for misusing prescription pain relievers occurs at about 16 years old—earlier than many experts thought—a new study finds.

“Patients in transient pain are often given a larger opioid prescription than is needed. It can end up stacked in the medicine cabinet, available to anyone in or visiting the household,” warns Michigan State University researcher James C. Anthony.

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