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Share of long-term opioid users in the U.S. 2006-2015, by pain type

This statistic displays the distribution of adults in the U.S. who were prescribed opioids long-term 2006 to 2015, by pain type. It was found that 46.08 percent of patients who used opioids for more than 1,095 days were prescribed the opioids for joint pain.

Distribution of adults in the U.S. with long-term opioid prescriptions between 2006 to 2015, by pain type

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Release date

March 2017


United States

Survey time period

2006 to 2015

Number of respondents

1,294,247 respondents

Age group

18 years and older

Supplementary notes

Figures include those who had at least one opioid prescription during June 1, 2006–September 1, 2015, and ≥6 months of continuous enrollment without an opioid prescription before their first opioid prescription.

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