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Many people who misuse prescription opioids also binge drink

Researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) sought to understand the relationship between binge drinking and prescription opioid misuse. They used the National Survey on Drug Use and Health and found that 3.5 percent of binge drinkers misused opioids, compared to 1.6 percent of all people ages 12 and older. This finding means more than half of everyone who misused prescription opioids from 2012 to 2014 also binge drank. 

The article, “Binge Drinking and Prescription Opioid Misuse in the U.S., 2012-2014,” was funded by CDC. It was published in the American Journal of Preventative Medicine.

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