What does this indicator measure?

This measure represents the number of controlled substance prescriptions legally dispensed and entered into the Indiana Scheduled Prescription Electronic Collecting & Tracking (INSPECT) system per person in the defined geographic region. It infers use of the drugs, but does not estimate misuse or abuse. Controlled substance prescriptions included those for opioids, central nervous system depressants, stimulants or other controlled substances not defined as opioids, depressants, or stimulants.

Why is this indicator important?

Abuse of prescription drugs is a serious and growing public health problem in the United States. This indicator does not measure prescription drug misuse or abuse. However, it can be used as a gauge to determine if a community is at increased risk for having those problems, because communities with higher prescription rates have been found to also have higher misuse and abuse rates.

About the data

Community: Indiana

Reference: U.S.

Goal: No goal has been developed

Measurement Period: 2014

Category: Substance Use and Abuse

Community Source: Indiana Scheduled Prescription Electronic Collection & Tracking Program (INSPECT)

Reference Source: N/A