Misuse of prescription opioid medications among teens has dropped significantly since 2002, when it was first measured. In fact, past-year misuse of Vicodin® and OxyContin® among 12th graders is at a record low, dropping from 9.6 percent in 2002 to 1.1 percent in 2019 for Vicodin®, and from 4 percent in 2002 to 1.7 percent in 2019 for OxyContin®.
The chart below shows the latest percentage of teens who misuse prescription opioid pain medicines.
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* Data in brackets indicate statistically significant change from the previous year.