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Opioid analgesics (prescription pain medication) are synthetic drugs, such as oxycodone (for example, Percocet® or OxyContin®), hydrocodone (for example, Vicodin®), and codeine, which possess narcotic properties similar to opiates but are not made from “natural”
opium. In 2009, opioid analgesics were involved in 25% (158) of unintentional drug poisoning (overdose) deaths.4
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- In 2008-2009, 4% of New Yorkers aged 12 and older (263,000) reported non-medical use of prescription opioids – without a prescription or use with a prescription in a manner other than prescribed.
- From 2002-2003 to 2008-2009, self-reported, non-medical prescription opioid use increased by 40%.
- In 2008, 10% of students in grades seven through 12 in New York City reported non-medical use of a prescription opioid at least once in their lifetime.
See the Epi Data Brief on Opioid Analgesics in New York City:
Misuse, Morbidity and Mortality Update to learn more.