Past year nonmedical use of pain relievers by ethnicity in the U.S. 2015-2018

This statistic illustrates the percentage of misuse of prescription pain relievers in the U.S., by different ethnic groups, in 2015 through 2018. In 2018, an estimated four percent of those of Hispanic ethnicity misused prescription pain relievers within the preceding year.

Misuse of prescription pain relievers in the past year in the United States by ethnicity in 2015 through 2018*

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Release date

August 2019


United States

Survey time period

2015 to 2018

Number of respondents

base: around 70,000

Age group

12 years and older

Supplementary notes

* Misuse of prescription drugs is defined as use in any way not directed by a doctor, including use without a prescription of one's own medication; use in greater amounts, more often, or longer than told to take a drug; or use in any other way not directed by a doctor. Prescription drugs do not include over-the-counter drugs.

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