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Opiates Statistics and Effects
This opiates statistics and effects article contains statistics on opiate use and abuse, method of opiate use, and the effects of using opiates. Keep reading for more statistics on opioids such as OxyContin, Vicodin, Heroin and the effects that these addictive drugs have.
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In the 1990s, the abuse of opioid pain killers was lower than other drugs. U.S. Poison Control Centers reported 36,848 toxic exposures in 1998, with 1227 of those being “major” and 161 resulting in death.
This picture has changed, however. The 2004 National Survey on Drug Use and Health revealed that 3,000,000 people over the age of 11 had tried OxyContin - just one of the opioid pain killers - for a nonmedical purpose. Approximately 3,100,000 people over 11 had tried heroin at least once.
The 2006 Monitoring the Future Study revealed these figures for opiod use in 2005 by teens. It includes heroin; oxycodone, marketed as OxyContin®; and hydrocodone, marketed as Vicodin® as well:
Nonmedical Use of Various Opiates by Students for Year 2005
The use of opioids depends to a certain extent on the particular drug in question.
Opioids carry the risk of addiction, which is why they are “scheduled” drugs. They are abused both in overdoses when prescribed and used outside of prescriptions to get high, often accompanied with alcohol.
Sought effects include:
Unsought effects include:
Opiates Statistics and Effects Sources
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