First-ever Study to Quantify Societal Costs of Opioid Abuse; Analysis Group Finds Costs to the U.S. Total $9.6 Billion.BOSTON -- A new study published this month in the Clinical Journal of Pain found that the costs of opioid abuse in the United States United States, officially United States of America, republic (2005 est. pop. 295,734,000), 3,539,227 sq mi (9,166,598 sq km), North America. The United States is the world's third largest country in population and the fourth largest country in area. represent a substantial economic burden. The study is the first of its kind to examine the costs of such prescription drug prescription drug Prescription medication Pharmacology An FDA-approved drug which must, by federal law or regulation, be dispensed only pursuant to a prescription–eg, finished dose form and active ingredients subject to the provisos of the Federal Food, Drug, abuse from a societal perspective.
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business firm, firm, house - the members of a business organization that owns or operates one or more establishments; "he worked for a , co-authored the study alongside researchers from Johnson & Johnson Pharmaceutical Services, Outcomes Research (Ortho-McNeil Janssen Scientific Affairs), and Nathaniel Katz, M.D., M.S., of Tufts University School of Medicine The Tufts University School of Medicine is one of the eight schools that comprise Tufts University. Located on the university's health sciences campus in the Chinatown district of Boston, Massachusetts, the medical school has clinical affiliations with thousands of doctors and and Analgesic analgesic (ăn'əljē`zĭk), any of a diverse group of drugs used to relieve pain. Analgesic drugs include the nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as the salicylates, narcotic drugs such as morphine, and synthetic drugs Research. Leading the Analysis Group team were Vice Presidents Howard Birnbaum and Alan White Alan White may refer to:
After examining national databases from three cost-driver categories, including the healthcare system, the criminal justice system, and the workplace, the study determined that opioid abuse in 2001 cost the United States a total of $8.6 billion (or $9.6 billion in 2005 dollars).
More important, the prevalence of such abuse is on the rise. "Given that the rate of abuse is increasing so fast, there is a high likelihood that the total costs could double or even triple in the next 5 years," said Analysis Group Vice President Howard Birnbaum. "The burden on the U.S. economy and public health could escalate dramatically."
"Little has been done to broadly and systematically address the growing problem of prescription opioid abuse in the United States," said Dr. Nathaniel Katz. "However, a number of initiatives are emerging to address this problem, including new surveillance approaches, the development of abuse-deterrent opioid formulations, and the development of guidelines for physicians and patients to reduce abuse."
The researchers note that while opioids continue to provide needed relief for chronic-pain patients, defining the fine line between prescribed use and intentional abuse of these drugs has become a complex public health problem.
Funding for this study was provided by Johnson & Johnson Pharmaceutical Services, LLC (Logical Link Control) See "LANs" under data link protocol.
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