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State Estimates of Nonmedical Use of Prescription Pain Relievers

January 22, 2013

State Estimates of Nonmedical Use of Prescription Pain Relievers

Source: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

  • Combined 2010 and 2011 data indicate that the rate of past year nonmedical use of prescription pain relievers among those aged 12 or older was 4.6 percent nationally and ranged from 3.6 percent in Iowa to 6.4 percent in Oregon
  • Of the 10 States with the highest rates of past year nonmedical use of prescription pain relievers in 2010 and 2011, 7 were in the West region; of the 10 States with the lowest rates, 4 were in the Midwest region, and 4 were in the Southern region
  • Comparisons of combined 2009 and 2010 data with combined 2010 and 2011 data showed that past year nonmedical use of prescription pain relievers among persons aged 12 or older decreased in 10 States (Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Mississippi, New Hampshire, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, and West Virginia), and did not increase in any State
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