Western States Have Highest Rx Drug Misuse Rates

Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, and Washington are among the 10 states with the highest rates of non-medical use of prescription pain reliever, according to a newly released SAMHSA report.

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration released "The NSDUH Report: State Estimates of Nonmedical Use of Prescription Pain Relievers: 2010-2011" on Jan. 8. The report is based on data from the SAMHSA National Survey on Drug Use and Health, which is a scientific annual survey of approximately 67,500 people ages 12 and older throughout the country. This NSDUH report is available at http://www.samhsa.gov/data/2k12/NSDUH115/sr115-nonmedical-use-pain-relievers.htm.

It shows prescription drug misuse is second only to marijuana as the nation's most prevalent illegal drug problem, with approximately 22 million people nationwide starting non-medical pain reliever use since 2002. With the 2010 and 2011 data combined, rates of past year misuse ranged from 3.6 percent in Iowa to 6.4 percent in Oregon.

"Addressing prescription drug misuse remains a top public health priority, as we’ve seen inconsistent progress in addressing the issue across the states," said SAMHSA Administrator Pamela S. Hyde. "Data from this report helps up better understand geographic variations in use, and should help with the development of more targeted and effective prevention and treatment programs. The key is educating the public on the serious health risks involved, and ensuring that we are providing the necessary treatment to those who need it."

"Prescription drug abuse is a major problem throughout our nation," said Gil Kerlikowske, director of National Drug Control Policy. "These data reaffirm how vital it is for the public health and public safety communities to work together to reduce the toll prescription drug abuse inflicts on our cities, towns, and neighborhoods. As we continue to focus on this challenge at the federal level, we hope people will also endeavor to learn more about the harms associated with prescription drug abuse and take time to empty medicine cabinets of any excess, unneeded, or expired prescription medications."

Seven of the 10 states with the highest rates of non-medical use of prescription pain relievers were in the West: Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, and Washington. Four of the 10 states with the lowest rates were in the Midwest: Illinois, Iowa, North Dakota, and South Dakota. Four others were in the South: Florida, Georgia, Maryland, and North Carolina.

Encouragingly, prescription drug misuse has dropped in 10 states from 2009-2010 to 2010-2011, according to SAMHSA. Its release said the 10 are Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Mississippi, New Hampshire, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, and West Virginia.

Download Center

HTML - No Current Item Deck
  • Safety Management Software - Free Demo

    IndustrySafe Safety Software’s comprehensive suite of modules help organizations to record and manage incidents, inspections, hazards, behavior based safety observations, and much more. Improve safety with an easy to use tool for tracking, notifying and reporting on key safety data.

  • Create Flexible Safety Dashboards

    IndustrySafe’s Dashboard Module allows organizations allows you to easily create and view safety KPIs to help you make informed business decisions. Our best of breed default indicators can also save you valuable time and effort in monitoring safety metrics.

  • Schedule and Record Observations

    IndustrySafe's Observations module allows managers, supervisors, and employees to conduct observations on employees involved in safety critical behavior. IndustrySafe’s pre-built BBS checklists may be used as is, or can be customized to better suit the needs of your organization.

  • Why Is Near Miss Reporting Important?

    A near miss is an accident that's waiting to happen. Learn how to investigate these close calls and prevent more serious incidents from occurring in the future.

  • Get the Ultimate Guide to Safety Training

    When it comes to safety training, no matter the industry, there are always questions regarding requirements and certifications. We’ve put together a guide on key safety training topics, requirements for certifications, and answers to common FAQs.

  • Industry Safe
comments powered by Disqus

OH&S Digital Edition

  • OHS Magazine Digital Edition - May 2019

    May 2019

    Featuring:

    • RESPIRATORY PROTECTION
      Why Pick a PAPR? 
    • FIRE SAFETY TRAINING
      Fire Safety: Plan, Prevent, Train, Recover
    • PROTECTIVE APPAREL
      The Truth About Heat Stress and FRC
    • AIHCE EXP 2019 PREVIEW
      Underestimated No More
    View This Issue