The Facts About Drug Usage
Deaths from Opioid Pain Relievers Exceed Those from All Illegal Drugs
Traffic, Drug Poisoning, and Opioid Fatalities in 2013 Comparison
An American is more likely to die from drug poisoning than a traffic crash, and opioid analgesics comprise 36% of the fatalities associated with drug poisoning.
Number of Opioid Rxs (in millions)
Source of Prescription Narcotics among Those Who Used in Past-Year, 12th Grade (percent)
Nearly 60% of prescription narcotics users in 12th grade were given prescription narcotics by a friend or relative. Mass medication non-adherence and distribution amongst minors are the result of an increasingly prevalent Rx rate. Doctors should have access to quantitative and qualitative diagnostics that test for prescription narcotic levels as well as illicit drug levels.
Hydrocodone Combination Products Schedule II:
“Hydrocodone combination products were moved from schedule III to schedule II of the Controlled Substances Act. The action imposes the regulatory controls and administrative, civil, and criminal sanctions applicable to schedule II controlled substances on persons who handle (manufacture, distribute, dispense, import, export, engage in research, conduct instructional activities with, conduct chemical analysis with, or possess) or propose to handle hydrocodone combination products.” 21 CFR Part 1308 [Docket No. DEA-389]
Hydrocodone combination products now face more stringent prescription writing requirements and increased criminal consequences associated with possession and distribution. Doctors face greater civil and criminal liabilities if they fail to effectively monitor patient adherence. A standardized urine screening and confirmation solution may reduce malpractice rates and the risk of serious adverse events related to medication non-adherence.