The opioid epidemic has taken center stage in both 2016 and 2017. In November, the Surgeon General released a landmark report regarding addiction in America, and a new study finds that abuse of prescription opioids is the second most common illegal drug problem in the U.S.–second only to marijuana.
The data from 2012-2014 showed that 4 percent of people aged 12 and older had reported nonmedical use of prescription in pain relievers. It was most common in several states, including two in the SCR region: Arkansas and Oklahoma, with rates exceeding 5 percent. None of SCR states were in the list with the lowest rates.
Although the problem is still large in the grand scheme of things, the nonmedical use of prescription pain relievers did fall nationally and in 13 states. But there’s no quick fix; it will take years to fully overcome the opioid epidemic.
To read more about the study, please visit “Painkiller Misuse Remains a Pressing Problem Across U.S.”