By Staff Writer
Women may be more likely to “self-medicate” than men, putting them at a greater risk of addiction and other health complications, according to a new study from a team of Spanish researchers.
After surveying more than 20,000 men and women from Spain, researchers from Rey Juan Carlos University found that nearly 17 percent of women reported self-medicating with prescription drugs, while fewer than 15 percent of men engaged in the practice.
Additionally, their results showed that individuals who reported self-medicating were also more likely to use tobacco and alcohol.
The use of controlled substances without a prescription is considered to be one of the main causes of addiction, even when a person begins taking the medication for legitimate pain. Powerful prescription pills should be administered under a doctor’s guidance. Otherwise, there is a high risk of complications.
The researchers said that women may be more prone to this behavior because they are more likely to pursue treatment for health problems. This may lead them to seek help from a variety of sources, which may not always be doctors.