By Amy Orciari Herman
NEJM Journal Watch
Edited by André Sofair, MD, MPH, and William E. Chavey, MD, MS
Over 14% of U.S. high school students report misusing prescription opioids at least once, according to findings from the 2019 Youth Risk Behavior Survey published in MMWR.
Among the other findings, based on data collected from nearly 14,000 high school students across the U.S.:
- Some 29% reported currently using alcohol, and 22% marijuana.
- One third of respondents currently used electronic vapor products like e-cigarettes.
- Of those who reported sexual contact with someone of the opposite sex, just over half had used a condom when they last had sexual intercourse.
- Nearly one fourth of lesbian, gay, or bisexual youth had attempted suicide in the past year, compared with 6% of heterosexual youth.
- Some 8% of respondents reported experiencing physical dating violence, and 8% reported sexual dating violence.
- Over 40% did not always wear a seat belt, and among drivers, 39% had texted or emailed while driving.