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Is prescription drug misuse really growing?


  • A 2010 study conferenced a 400% increase in prescription drug abuse over the last ten years (SAMHSA)
  • Since 2000, non-illicit drugs such as oxycodone, fentanyl and methadone contribute more to overdose fatalities in Utah than illicit drugs such as heroin (UTDH)
  • Data clearly shows alarming trends in both the use and consequences of prescription narcotic drugs, signaling this issue as an important substance use issue to be addressed by the state. Utah has among the highest rates (3rd) in the nation for past year non-medical use of narcotic pain relievers. (UDTH)
  • The National Institute on Drug Abuse survey of 8th, 10th, and 12th graders found that 10.5 percent of 12th graders reported using Vicodin for non-medical reasons and 4.5 percent of 12th graders reported using OxyContin without a prescription' (NDIA)