Painkiller Epidemic Update: Painkillers Top Choice Among New Illicit Drug Users

Initiates for Specific Illicit Drugs among Persons Aged 12 or Older

2007 SAMHSA Study: Initiates for Specific Illicit Drugs among Persons Aged 12 or Older

According to findings from the latest National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), painkillers (OxyContin, MS Contin, Vicodin) are now the top drugs in use initiation” (also known as incidence or first-time use).

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), in its 2007 survey, provides a variety of figures related to substance use initiation. Among the 2.7 million persons aged 12 or older surveyed, a staggering 2.1 million reported that the first illicit drugs they used were painkillers.

That figure puts painkillers above marijuana, and far above cocaine, ecstasy, heroin, and all other illicit drugs as “drugs of first use”.

Anyone need further evidence of a Painkiller Epidemic?

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Graphic courtesy of SAMHSA.
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One Response to “Painkiller Epidemic Update: Painkillers Top Choice Among New Illicit Drug Users”

  1. Surveyed Persons Aged Says:

    His drug of choice is an ubiquitous street drug called Substance D, a drug known well for producing split personalities in its users. Surveyed Persons Aged

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