What is the prevalence of illicit opioid use in the US?

Updated: Jun 21, 2018
  • Author: David W Dixon, DO; Chief Editor: Glen L Xiong, MD  more...
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The 2014 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), also provided data graphically illustrating the increase in prescription opioid abuse. In 2014, 10,337 persons aged 12 or older had used pain relievers illicitly in the last year; 4,325 persons aged 12 or older used pain relievers illicitly in the last month. [16]


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