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Misuse of Prescription Drugs

Misuse of Prescription Drugs:
Data from the 2002, 2003, and 2004
National Surveys on Drug Use and Health

James D. Colliver
Larry A. Kroutil
Lanting Dai
Joseph C. Gfroerer



Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
Office of Applied Studies


This report was prepared by the Division of Population Surveys, Office of Applied Studies, SAMHSA, and by RTI International, a trade name of Research Triangle Institute, Research Triangle Park, North Carolina. Work by RTI was performed under Contract No. 283-03-9028. James D. Colliver at SAMHSA was responsible for the content, analysis, and writing of the report. At RTI, Larry A. Kroutil coauthored the report and was the task leader for its production. Lanting Dai at RTI coauthored the report and was lead statistician. Joseph C. Gfroerer at SAMHSA coauthored and reviewed the report. Catherine Dormitzer of the Food and Drug Administration's Office of Drug Safety/Controlled Substances Staff provided consultation regarding products that were no longer on the market in the United States and when they were withdrawn. Contributors and reviewers at RTI listed alphabetically include Justine Allpress, Kimberly Davis, Alicia Gilsenan, David Heller, Mary Ellen Marsden, Tania Robbins, Neeraja Sathe, and Kathryn Spagnola. Peggy Barker at SAMHSA also contributed to the report. At RTI, Richard S. Straw edited the report; Diane G. Eckard and Danny Occoquan prepared the graphics; Brenda K. Porter and Tracy Woodall formatted the tables; Joyce Clay-Brooks and Roxanne Snaauw formatted and word processed the report; and Pamela Couch Prevatt, Teresa F. Gurley, Kim Cone, and Shari B. Lambert prepared its press and Web versions. Final report production was provided by Beatrice A. Rouse, Coleen Sanderson, and Jane Feldmann at SAMHSA.

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All material appearing in this report is in the public domain and may be reproduced or copied without permission from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. However, this publication may not be reproduced or distributed for a fee without specific, written authorization of the Office of Communications, SAMHSA, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Citation of the source is appreciated. Suggested citation:

Colliver, J. D., Kroutil, L. A., Dai, L., & Gfroerer, J. C. (2006). Misuse of prescription drugs: Data from the 2002, 2003, and 2004 National Surveys on Drug Use and Health (DHHS Publication No. SMA 06-4192, Analytic Series A-28). Rockville, MD: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Office of Applied Studies.

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