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Prescription Opioid Statistics
Thursday - January 12, 2017 11:29 am     A+ | a-

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http://www.radars.org/Portals/1/TechReports/2016%204Q%20RADARS%20System%20QTR.pdf?ver=2017-01-06-123313-053

4th Quarter 2016

Comparison of Population Rates between the Drug Abuse Warning Network (DAWN) and the RADARS System Poison Center Program


Prescription opioid misuse and abuse is a major problem affecting the United States. Surveillance systems were important early indicators of the presence of the prescription opioid abuse epidemic and may be effective in assessing the impact of different interventions intended to address the epidemic. The Drug Abuse Warning Network (DAWN) was a drug-related public health surveillance system, focused on the impact of drug misuse in the Nations’ health care system. The DAWN system stopped collecting data after 2011. The RADARS System provides timely, product-specific, national and regional surveillance data on prescription and illicit opioid abuse and misuse and continues today. This analysis assesses the extent to which annual prescription opioid intentional exposure population rates from the RADARS System Poison Center Program correlate with national non-medical use of prescription drug population rates from DAWN.

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