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2012 Community Profile

Risk Factors, Supply

Risk Factors, Supply The Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) in Nevada has been collecting data through pharmacies on prescriptions for Schedule II, III, and IV medications since 1995. When pharmacies fill prescriptions for drugs listed in these 3 schedules the information is logged in to a data base operated by the PDMP. Prescribers (physicians and dentists) are able to search for patients in the data base to check whether they are being prescribed medications by other prescribers. Data are collected twice per month, with information on over 3 million prescriptions collected annually. The monitoring program collects data on numbers of prescriptions filled and number of dosage units dispensed. The chart below shows that narcotics (OxyContin, oxycodone, hydrocodone, etc) represent the majority of dosage units dispensed in Nevada.

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Percentages of Dosage Units of Prescriptions Drugs Prescribed in 2011 6.1 1.2

16.0 0.1

Stimulants Tranquilizers Sedatives

Narcotics Other 76.0

Prescriptions, Dosage Units Table 2. Schedule II

Schedule III

Schedule IV

Stimulants Tranquilizers Sedatives Narcotics

593,833

525,749

3,387,288

0

0

58,193,424

1,241

75,769

440,350

158,810,781

112,289,789

40,969

Other

0

0

21,795,305

Total

159,405,855

112,891,307

83,857,336

The Tables shows the total number of dosage units prescribed in Nevada in 2011. The total dosage units for all three Schedules was 356,154,498. The estimated population of Nevada in 2011 was 2,718,419. Thus, an average of 131 pills was prescribed for every citizen of Nevada, regardless of age. The volume of drugs that are in communities is a risk factor for abuse. 27

Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Agency  

Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Agency

Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Agency  

Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Agency

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