A recent Columbia University study is the first to indicate a direct link between pain and opioid addiction risk. The research by the Columbia University Medical Center revealed that people with moderate or more severe pain had a 41 percent higher risk of developing prescription opioid use disorders than those without.
Adolescents are at a greater risk to misuse drugs and alcohol because their brains are still developing. The part of their brain that isn’t fully developed is the prefrontal cortex, the area responsible for executive decision-making. This explains why teenagers are willing to engage in risky drug use despite being aware of the possible consequences.