Thursday, April 16, 2015

Health Care Costs from Opioid Abuse: A State-by-State Analysis

The Partnership for Drug Free Kids, April 13, 2015

"The healthcare costs attributed to the abuse of prescription opioids (Rx painkillers) are now close to $25 billion in the United States. Knowing and understanding the impact of Rx painkiller abuse is crucial to addressing this concerning health epidemic.

Given the notable differences – across the country and among the 50 states – in the level of Rx opioid abuse, state-specific estimates are essential for local policymakers, as many of the tactics and strategies that are currently in place to help address abuse of Rx opiates may be devised and implemented at the local level.

This analysis offers the first estimates on the summary of results for every state." Read More.

For more information on prescription drug abuse among teens visit our Resource Center here.

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