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Women, drinkers, and older people are at risk for prescription drug misuse.
"We estimate the prevalence of and risk factors for the problem use of prescription drugs, overall and by therapeutic class," said L. Simoni-Wastila and colleagues, University of Maryland, School of Pharmacy.
"Applying logistic regression analysis to data from the National Household Survey on Drug Abuse, (1) we found that nearly 1.3 million Americans aged 12 years and older experience problem use of prescription drugs signifying physiological dependence or heavy daily use," they said.
"Those at greatest risk include older adults, females, those in poor/fair health, and daily alcohol drinkers."
Simoni-Wastila and colleagues published their study in American Journal of Public Health (Risk factors associated with problem use of prescription drugs. Am J Public Health, 2004;94(2):266-268).
For additional information, contact L. Simoni-Wastila, University Maryland, School Pharmacy, Department Pharmaceutical Hlth Science Research, 515 W Lombard St., Rm 275, Baltimore, MD 21201, USA.
The publisher's contact information for the American Journal of Public Health is: American Public Health Association Inc., 1015 Fifteenth St. NW, Washington, DC 20005, USA.
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