Nonmedical Use of Opioid Analgesics Obtained Directly From Physicians: Prevalence and Correlates

Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, CT 06520-8056, USA.
Archives of internal medicine (Impact Factor: 17.33). 06/2011; 171(11):1034-6. DOI: 10.1001/archinternmed.2011.217
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    • "We also specified two additional patient-reported measures that were deemed potentially relevant to ED utilization among individuals using prescription pain medications non-medically, (1) source of prescription pain medications used nonmedically , and (2) past year opioid withdrawal symptoms. First, we created three mutually exclusive categories to characterize respondents' most recent source of prescription pain medications: (1) one or more physicians; (2) friends or family; or (3) all other sources (i.e., theft, purchase from drug dealer) (Becker et al., 2011; Wang et al., 2014). Second, we created a dichotomous variable to identify individuals reporting past year opioid withdrawal symptoms. "
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