About the National Data

Data

Baseline: 0.74 percent of persons aged 12 years and over reported prescription pain reliever misuse initiation in the past 12 months in 2017

Target: 0.62 percent

Numerator
Number of persons aged 12 years and over reporting prescription pain reliever misuse initiation in the past 12 months.
Denominator
Number of persons aged 12 years and over.
Target-setting method

Minimal statistical significance

Target-setting method details
Minimal statistical significance, assuming the same standard error for the target as for the baseline.
Target-setting method justification
Trend data were evaluated for this objective, but it was not possible to project a target because the Healthy People 2030 Workgroup Subject Matter Experts did not expect the trend to continue. The standard error was used to calculate a target based on minimal statistical significance, assuming the same standard error for the target as for the baseline. This method was used because it was a statistically significant improvement from the baseline.

Methodology

Methodology notes

Past year initiates include those who used that substance (misused in the case of prescription pain relievers) for the first time in the past year. Misuse of prescription pain relievers is defined as use in any way not directed by a doctor, including use without a prescription of one's own; use in greater amounts, more often, or longer than told; or use in any other way not directed by a doctor. Prescription pain relievers do not include over-the-counter drugs.