Prescription oral solid opioids sold in U.S. by total morphine equivalents

In 2017, more than 41 billion morphine equivalents in the form of prescribed solid oral opioid hydrocodone was sold. This was a significant decrease of 18 billion morphine equivalents compared to 2010.

Prescription oral solid opioids sold in the U.S. in 2010 and 2017

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Release date

January 2019


United States

Survey time period

2010 to 2017

Supplementary notes

Morphine equivalents are a standardized measure used in this statistic to compare the relative potency of a milligram of each opioid to morphine.
Statistic includes prescription retail and hospital markets.

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