US illicit prescription opioid use declines

Data presented at the Anesthesiology 2020 annual meeting suggest that illicit use of prescription opioids in the US has declined in recent years. Data from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health indicate that non-prescription use of opioid medication has declined by 26% over 11 years, from 4.9% in 2007 to 3.7% in 2018. There have been significant declines in the illicit use of prescription opioids every year between 2012 and 2018, apart from in 2015 when data recording methods were changed.