Tobacco use linked with higher use of opioids and sedatives

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Tobacco is a known risk factor for the misuse of prescription opioids. In addition, concurrent use of opioids and sedative-hypnotics is a risk factor for opioid overdose or addiction.

In an American Journal on Addictions study, tobacco users were more likely to receive prescriptions for opioid analgesics with muscle relaxants and/or benzodiazepines than people who did not use tobacco.

The findings, which come from an annual survey of visits to office-based physicians in outpatient settings in the United States, suggest that appropriate caution should be exercised while co-prescribing with muscle relaxants and/or benzodiazepines among tobacco users to prevent prescription drug addiction.


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More information: Hiroko Takaki et al. The association of tobacco use with prescription of muscle relaxants, benzodiazepines, and opioid analgesics for non-cancer pain, The American Journal on Addictions (2019). DOI: 10.1111/ajad.12830
Journal information: American Journal on Addictions

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