Prescription Opioid Abuse Continues to Grow

Prescription Opioid Abuse Continues to Grow

12.5 million people reported recreational opioid use in 2015 in the US1

of abusers obtain prescription pain relievers from a friend or relative1


Diversion can happen to any prescription

Morphine is the most prescribed extended-release opioid and is widely abused2-4

62% of morphine abuse involves tampering*

Survey included both ER and IR morphine

48% of ER morphine abuse is by injection†‡

Among patients in substance abuse treatment, this is the most common route of abuse

ER=extended release; IR=immediate release.

*Analysis of 233 respondents from the 2010 and 2011 US National Health and Wellness Survey who, in the previous 3 months, reported abuse of prescription opioid medication for the purpose of getting high. Abuse of morphine (morphine, Kadian®, Duramorph®) was reported by 18% of the surveyed population.

Inhalation or injection as routes of abuse were not mutually exclusive within the experience of any individual abuser. Subjects could have reported more than 1 route of abuse.‬‬

Prescription opioid abuse and route-of-administration data from 59,792 US patients in substance abuse treatment within the addiction severity index—multimedia version connect system were collected during the calendar year of 2009.

Opioid abuse is a complex societal problem with no single solution

Abuse-deterrent formulations are expected to play an important part in deterring abuse; however, they may still be abused

There is currently no real-world evidence showing the impact of abuse-deterrent formulations on opioid abuse

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