• Tennesseans’ utilization of prescriptions is 1.5 times the national average, ranking Tennessee as the highest state per capita in utilization of prescription drugs in the United States.
  • Tennessee ranks 2nd in prescription drug abuse in the U.S.
  • Hydrocodone is the number one prescribed drug in Tennessee, making up 2.8% of total prescriptions written in our state.

Commonly abused classes of prescription drugs include opioids (for pain), central nervous system (CNS) depressants (for anxiety and sleep disorders), and stimulants (for ADHD and narcolepsy).

Opioids include:

  • Fentanyl (Duragesic)
  • Hydrocdone (Vicodin)
  • Oxydodone (OxyContin)
  • Oxmorphone (Opana)
  • Propoxyphene (Darvon)