Reasons for consumption of opioids by U.S. adults 2017

Share of main reasons for consumption of opioids among U.S. adults as of 2017

Reasons for consumption of opioids by U.S. adults 2017 This statistic shows the results of a survey conducted in the United States in February 2017. U.S. adults were asked the main reasons for consumption of opioid. In total, 26 percent of respondents stated that they consumed opioid due to post-surgical pain.
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Share of main reasons for consumption of opioids among U.S. adults as of 2017

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TotalFemaleMale
Pain from illness12%8%16%
Post-surgical pain26%27%24%
Chronic pain10%9%10%
I have never (knowingly) taken opioids49%51%47%
Other2%2%1%
Prefer not to answer2%2%2%
TotalFemaleMale
Pain from illness12%8%16%
Post-surgical pain26%27%24%
Chronic pain10%9%10%
I have never (knowingly) taken opioids49%51%47%
Other2%2%1%
Prefer not to answer2%2%2%
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This statistic shows the results of a survey conducted in the United States in February 2017. U.S. adults were asked the main reasons for consumption of opioid. In total, 26 percent of respondents stated that they consumed opioid due to post-surgical pain.
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Release date
February 2017
Region
United States
Survey time period
February 6 to 8, 2017
Number of respondents
1,029 respondents
Age group
18 years and older
Method of interview
Online survey
Supplementary notes
Original question: "What was the main reason for taking opioids the last time you took them?"
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