Results taken from multiple studies show a connection with high school athletes and opioid addiction. According to findings from the Journal of Child & Adolescent Substance Abuse, football players abuse illegal drugs more frequently than students not engaged in sports.

“The developing brain becomes seduced by this feeling [caused by opioids], the release of dopamine,” said Harold Shinitzy, sports psychologist, during an interview on the Today Show earlier this month.

Data taken from a Center for Disease Control (CDC) survey reported that in 2015 15,367 teens admitted to taking prescription painkillers without a doctor’s permission.

Further statistics show these same athletes admitted to taking more of their prescription medications than they should or had used these drugs with the intention of getting high.

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Are teen athletes at a higher risk for opioid addiction?
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Results taken from multiple studies show a connection with high school athletes and opioid addiction. According to findings from the Journal of Child & Adolescent Substance Abuse, football players abuse illegal drugs more frequently than students not engaged in sports
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Addiction Now