Status: Little or no detectable change

Little or no detectable change

Most Recent Data:
3.5 percent (2019)

3.3 percent

Desired Direction:
Decrease desired

3.6 percent of persons aged 12 years and over reported misuse of a prescription pain reliever in the past 12 months in 2018

Reduce the proportion of prescription pain reliever misuse in the past year

Target-Setting Method
Minimal statistical significance


Misuse of prescription opioids can cause opioid use disorder and overdose deaths. Improving opioid prescribing practices and increasing safe disposal of unused opioids can help reduce prescription opioid misuse.