By Lenny Bernstein

June 26, 2017

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A new study suggests that people with anxiety and depression are consuming a

disproportionate share of prescription painkillers, a finding that could add

a new wrinkle to the epidemic of opioid use in the United States.

 

Researchers at Dartmouth College and the University of Michigan found that

nearly 19 percent of the estimated 38.6 million people with those two most

common mental health disorders received at least two prescriptions for

opioids during a year. And more than half the prescriptions for the

powerful, highly addictive painkillers went to individuals in that group,

the researchers asserted.