Distribution of opioid abusers in the U.S. 2011-2015, by area income level

This statistic shows the relative share of opioid abusers in the United States from 2011 to 2015, by area income level. It was found that areas with the lowest income level, of less than 40,000 dollars a year, accounted for the highest portion of opioid abusers, with 26.3 percent.

Relative share of opioid abusers in the United States from 2011 to 2015, by area income level

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Release date

April 2016


United States

Survey time period

2011 to 2015

Supplementary notes

Note: The abuse rate is defined as the share of prescription holders that abuse. Income is captured at the zip code level. Trend and group differences are all significantly different with p-value <.001.
Analysis was based on U.S. Census income data by zip code.
For the purposes of this analysis, opioid abuse was defined as meeting the following two conditions: 1. Receiving greater than a cumulative 90-day supply of opioids; AND 2. Receiving an opioid prescription from four or more providers over the five-year period between 2011 and 2015.

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