Module 4: Therapeutics

Lesson 1

Need for judicious CDS prescribing (cont’d)

Prescription opioids such as oxycodone are the most frequently abused prescription drug class among young adults and often result in long-term use (Lankenau et al., 2012). Common sources of opioids in cases of misuse include a family member’s prescription, a personal prescription, and a friend or street contact with access to prescribed opioids. Personal prescriptions for opioids for pain following surgical or dental procedures have been reported to account for a third of misuse or non-medicinal drug use (Katz, Fernandez, Change, Benoit, & Butler, 2008).


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  • Lankenau, S. E., Teti, M., Silva, K., Bloom, J. J., Harocopos, A., & Treese, M. (2012). Initiation into prescription opioid misuse amongst young injection drug users. International Journal of Drug Policy, 23(1), 37–44. doi: