NIH: Rates of nonmedical prescription opioid use and opioid use disorder double in 10 years

NIH: Rates of nonmedical prescription opioid use and opioid use disorder double in 10 years

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Almost 10 million U.S. adults report misusing prescription opioids in 2012-2013.

Nonmedical use of prescription opioids more than doubled among adults in the United States from 2001-2002 to 2012-2013, based on a study from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), part of the National Institutes of Health. Nearly 10 million Americans, or 4.1 percent of the adult population, used opioid medications in 2012-2013 a class of drugs that includes OxyContin and Vicodin, without a prescription or not as prescribed (in greater amounts, more often, or longer than prescribed) in the past year. This is up from 1.8 percent of the adult population in 2001-2002.... [Read more at NIH.gov]