Smoking linked to higher use of opioids and sedatives

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 a new study, researchers found 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 come from an annual survey of visits to office-based physicians in outpatient settings in the United States.

They suggest that appropriate caution should be exercised while co-prescribing opioid analgesics with muscle relaxants and/or benzodiazepines among tobacco users to prevent prescription drug addiction.

The research is published in American Journal on Addictions.

Source: Wiley.