https://www.samhsa.gov/data/sites/default/files/report_3187/ShortReport-3187.html

Rachel N. Lipari, Ph.D., Struther L. Van Horn, M.A., Arthur Hughes, M.S. and, Matthew Williams, Ph.D.

In Brief;

  • Combined 2012–2014 National Survey on Drug Use and Health data can be used to advance the understanding of the prevalence of nonmedical use of prescription pain relievers in U.S. communities.
  • Nationally, 4.31 percent of people aged 12 or older used prescription pain relievers nonmedically in the past year.
  • Among states, estimates of nonmedical use of prescription pain relievers ranged from 3.41 percent in Minnesota to 5.31 percent in Oklahoma.
  • Among the substate regions, estimates of nonmedical use of prescription pain relievers ranged from 2.95 percent in Florida’s Southern region (Circuits 11 and 16) to 5.89 percent in Colorado’s Region 1.
  • Of the 16 substate regions with the lowest estimates of nonmedical use of prescription pain relievers, 5 were in the Northeast, 4 were in the Midwest, 4 were in the West, and 3 were in the South.
  • Of the 16 substate regions with the highest estimates of nonmedical use of prescription pain relievers, 7 were in the South, 5 were in the West, and 4 were in the Midwest.
  • Comparisons of combined 2010–2012 data and combined 2012–2014 data showed that estimates of nonmedical use of prescription pain relievers decreased at the national level, within 3 census regions and in 13 states.

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This is a good review of geographic variations of opiate abuse within the US

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