The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has reported a decline in non-medical use of pain relievers. An estimated 4.3 percent of Americans reported using prescription pain relievers non-medically in the past year when surveyed in 2012 to 2014, down from 4.6 percent in 2010 to 2012. Estimates by state ranged from 3.4 percent in Minnesota to 5.3 percent in Oklahoma, with 13 states showing declines over the period. The findings are from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, which defines non-medical use as using the drugs simply for the experience or feeling they caused. The authors said the report can help state policymakers target efforts to address substance abuse.
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