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Brief 9 Prescription opioid misuse and use disorders: Percentage distribution of the source of prescription opioids obtained for the most recent misuse among youth with past-year prescription opioid misuse, 2015 and 2016

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Source 2015 2016
Free from friend/relative 37.4 38.8
From one or more doctors 24.8 24.7
Bought from friend/relative 9.7 9.1
Stole from friend/relative 9.2 9.5
From drug dealer/stranger 5.1 9.4a
Other way 14.0 8.4a
a The estimate for 2016 is significantly different from the estimate for 2015.
SOURCE: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality, National Survey on Drug Use and Health