Adults 50+ More Likely to Misuse Opioids for Pain Relief

PainRelief.com: What should readers take away from your report?

Response: The expected pattern of motives changes with aging, so different age groups engaged in prescription opioid misuse may have different concerns or reasons that prompt such misuse – for younger groups, opioid misuse to get high or experiment is the most likely pattern, suggesting substance use treatment is more likely to be needed than in older groups, where multidisciplinary pain management may be more likely needed.

PainRelief.com: What recommendations do you have for future research as a result of this work?

Response: It would be interesting to examine the associations between motives using techniques like latent class analysis or factor analysis; we imposed groupings on the motives (e.g., pain relief only, non-pain relief only or combined motives), but the real world picture may vary significantly from our groupings, despite valid reasons for our groups. Also, examination of benzodiazepine motives in a similar fashion would be interesting.

Citation:

Ty S Schepis, Linda Wastila, Beth Ammerman, Vita V McCabe, Sean Esteban McCabe, Prescription Opioid Misuse Motives in US Older Adults, Pain Medicine, , pnz304, https://doi.org/10.1093/pm/pnz304

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