Prescription painkiller sales per person were more than 3 times higher in Florida, which has the highest rate, than in Illinois, which has the lowest.
In 2008/2009, nonmedical use of painkillers in the past year ranged from 1 in 12 people (age 12 or older) in Oklahoma to 1 in 30 in Nebraska.
States with higher sales per person and more nonmedical use of prescription painkillers tend to have more deaths from drug overdoses.
- Painkiller Overdose Deaths Triple (addictionts.com)
- Prescription painkiller overdoses at epidemic levels (addictionts.com)
- Substance Abuse Treatment Admission Rates Increase Across U.S. (addictionts.com)