April 1, 2022 – More than 60% of teens in the study with severe substance use disorder had at least two symptoms of it as adults, the researchers.

These teens were more than 50% more likely to misuse prescription drugs as adults, with more than half abusing prescription opioid pain medications, according to the researchers. “This is a major wake-up call,” study co-author Sean Esteban McCabe said in a press release.

“We must rethink how we screen and prescribe to individuals who have multiple substance use disorder symptoms in their past,” said McCabe, a professor at the University of Michigan School of Nursing in Ann Arbor.

As many as one in three people in the United States will develop a substance use disorder in their lifetimes, the National Institute on Drug Abuse estimates.


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