Increased Use Of Pain Medication

Information from the 2004 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) indicated significant increases in the use of pain relievers for those aged 18 to 25. Specific pain relievers in lifetime use were Vicodin, Lortab, or Lorcet (from 15.0 to 16.5 percent); Percocet, Percodan, or Tylox (from 7.8 to 8.7 percent); hydrocodone products (from 16.3 to 17.4 percent); Oxycontin (from 3.6 to 4.3 percent); and oxycodone products from 8.9 to 10.1 percent).