Can OxyContin get you high? Yes. This is why public health systems are so interested in tracking OxyContin use, abuse and addiction treatment. If you’re looking for statistics related to OxyContin, the following five annual reports can help.
1. The National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) – The National Survey on Drug Use and Health is an annual report on the prevalence, patterns and consequences of drug use and prescription drug abuse of pain meds like OxyContin. The survey gives a fairly accurate picture of what’s happening with drug use in the U.S. and targets civilian households in all states of the general population aged 12 and older. The results of this survey are published every year on the SAMHSA website with images, graphs and comparisons from the previous year.
WHERE TO FIND: SAMHSA.gov
2. Monitoring the Future – This national survey is funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and reports on drug use as well as behaviors, attitudes, and values of American 8th, 10th, and 12th graders.
WHERE TO FIND: Monitoring the future.org
3. Treatment Episode Data Set (TEDS) – This is an annual report on U.S. drug rehab admissions and discharges. The data published in the TEDS report is collected from drug rehabs across the country that receive state or federal money, but generally provides helpful information for people involved in drug treatment program planning and resource allocation. Topics covered include substances of abuse, treatment service characteristics, referral sources, prior substance abuse treatment, client characteristics, geographic characteristics, and discharge characteristics.
WHERE TO FIND: SAMHSA.gov
4. Drug Abuse Warning Network (DAWN) – The DAWN publications monitor drug-related hospital emergency visits and drug-related deaths to track the impact of drug use, misuse, and abuse in the U.S. Annually, DAWN produces estimates of drug-related visits to hospital ERs for the Nation as a whole and for selected metropolitan areas. DAWN helps identify the emergence of new substances and drug combinations, assess health hazards associated with drug abuse, and estimate the impact of drug misuse and abuse on the Nation’s health care system. Furthermore, there are a few types of publications available. The DAWN reports are broken down into Emergency Department Publications, Mortality Publications and Special Topics collected from public health institutions. Special topics summarize findings on topics of interest or focus on particular metropolitan areas.
WHERE TO FIND: dawninfo [dot] SAMHSA.gov
5. State data on drug use – In this collection of information, you can review state level estimates of drug use for all the individual States are available from the SAMHSA’s Office of Applied Studies (OAS) since 1999.
WHERE TO FIND: http://oas.samhsa.gov/states.cfm
EXTRA TIP: You can also create a customized analysis on-line with using government data sets to meet your own special needs. The Office of Applied Studies from SAMHSA allows you to download data to conduct your own analysis here: http://oas.samhsa.gov/quick.cfm#States