About the National 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
Minimal statistical significance
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.