Trend in Prescription Drug Abuse. In 2004, 19.1 million Americans were current illicit drug users (7.9% of the U.S. population) 1 Nonmedical use of prescription pain relievers was the illicit drug category with the largest number of new abusers (2.4 million) 1
1 SOURCE: 2004 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) published Sept 2005 by the Dept of HHS / Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
2 SOURCE: 2004 DAWN (Drug Abuse Warning Network) Report published May 2006
In 2005, 6.4 million Americans Age 12+ used a prescription drug for non-medical purposes in past month
Narcotic Pain Relievers
SOURCE: 2005 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), published Sept 2005 by Dept of HHS / Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
*18th annual study of teen drug use and attitudes
Released in April 2006 by The Partnership for a Drug-Free America
* 2005 INCB report
Hydrocodone products are the most frequently prescribed drug in the U.S.
Comparable 2005 data shows that hydrocodone was prescribed three times more frequently than any other controlled substance*
Hydrocodone is the most frequently encountered pharmaceutical in submissions of evidence to federal, state and local labs**
DAWN 2005 data– from 2004-2005 emergency department visits involving nonmedical use of opiate/opioid pain medications increased 24% overall
The Aggregate Production Quota for hydrocodone has increased 100% since 2000 (21,417 kg to 42,000 kg)
* RxList data
* * STRIDE / NFLIS data
Number of Hydrocodone Prescriptions*
Top Five Prescription Drugs Sold in the U.S.*
(By Number of Prescriptions Sold)
Note: Percentage change from the number of prescriptions sold in the previous years.
Revised May 24, 2007
Source: Drug Topics, Rx List
* Prescription data is from two separate prescription monitoring sources.
Based on what an average pharmacy dispensed in 2006, it would take the entire annual sales from 1,118 pharmacies to equal the same volume these 34 rogue pharmacies did in 2006.
Total # DEA
TOTAL DOSAGE UNITS PURCHASED
* Based on 34 Known and Suspected Internet Pharmacies
Date Prepared: 03/07/2007