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Vicodin Facts and Statistics

Vicodin is a narcotic used for the relief of pain that is moderate to severe in intensity. It is a legal drug that requires a prescription from a medical professional; however, it should not be given to any person who has a history of drug or alcohol abuse or addiction. Although it is obtained by prescription, addicts often find illegal ways to get the drug. Some may even pilfer drugs from family members who have been prescribed Vicodin for the treatment of their pain. These are just a few of the Vicodin facts that people should know before bringing this drug into their home. If you are concerned that someone in your family is addicted or at risk of becoming addicted to Vicodin, statistics and facts can help give you a clearer picture of the drug and its risks.

Vicodin Facts

  • Vicodin is made up of two different painkillers, non-narcotic acetaminophen and the narcotic drug hydrocodone.
  • The presence of hydrocodone is the main concern with Vicodin because it is a semi-synthetic prescription opioid and its use can result in abuse or addiction.
  • Hydrocodone is an analgesic and an antitussive.
  • In 1984, Vicodin came on the market with FDA approval.
  • Vicodin poses a high risk of death when taken in excess.
  • Vicodin was a Schedule III drug until August 2014, when it was changed to a Schedule II drug, indicating a higher potential for abuse.

Vicodin Statistics

  • In 2016, poison control centers handled more than 67,000 exposures to opioids.
  • Every day, 91 Americans die from overdosing on prescription opioids such as Vicodin and hydrocodone.
  • Since 1999, the number of deaths related to prescription opioids such as Vicodin has quadrupled, according to the Centers for Disease Control.
  • Vicodin statistics reported in the Monitoring the Future survey showed that 2.9 percent of 12th-grade students used the drug in 2016.

Presenting these Vicodin facts and statistics might help you convince a loved one to go to rehab. If you are having a problem with Vicodin yourself, don't wait to find treatment: Get help now. The first step is to find a rehabilitation center that is comfortable, safe, and effective. At BetterAddictionCare, we work with a drug and alcohol treatment and recovery network that enables us to find the right facility for you. The centers in our network accept a wide range of private insurance plans, and they are located nationwide, enabling us to find a center that is near you. Each facility is staffed by highly trained professionals who will work to create an individualized plan that meets your specific needs. If you need more information about our rehab and addiction recovery network, fill out our contact form or call today. Our support specialists are here to help so you can start healing.

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