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People with family members who have been prescribed opioids are more likely to get opioid prescriptions themselves in the next year, finds research in JAMA International Medicine. Researchers analyzed records of commercial insurance claims from 13 million people who had received an opioid prescriptions and 6 million people who had received prescriptions for nonopioid painkillers between 2000 and 2014. The team found that the likelihood of someone getting a prescription for opioids was 0.71 percent higher when another household member had a previous nonopioid painkiller prescription–a small but significant difference, especially since millions of opioid prescriptions are given out each year. (Monitor on Psychology)

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