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Figure 2.5 is titled "Lifetime Nonmedical Use of Selected Pain Relievers among Young Adults Aged 18 to 25: 2002 through 2004." It is a bar graph, where the types of pain relievers are shown on the horizontal axis, and the percent using in the lifetime is shown on the vertical axis. There are six categories of pain relievers displayed: (1) Any Pain Reliever; (2) Vicodin, Lortab, or Lorcet; (3) Percocet, Percodan, or Tylox; (4) Hydrocodone products; (5) OxyContin; and (6) Oxycodone products. For each type of pain reliever, there are bars representing 2002, 2003, and 2004. Tests of statistical significance at the .05 level were performed between 2003 and 2004 estimates and between 2002 and 2004 estimates; significant results are indicated where appropriate.

The prevalence of lifetime nonmedical use of any pain reliever among young adults was 22.1 percent in 2002, 23.7 percent in 2003, and 24.3 percent in 2004. The difference between the 2002 estimate and 2004 estimate was significant.
The prevalence of lifetime nonmedical use of Vicodin, Lortab, or Lorcet among young adults was 13.3 percent in 2002, 15.0 percent in 2003, and 16.5 percent in 2004. The 2004 estimate was significantly different from both the 2002 and 2003 estimates.
The prevalence of lifetime nonmedical use of Percocet, Percodan, or Tylox among young adults was 7.4 percent in 2002, 7.8 percent in 2003, and 8.7 percent in 2004. The 2004 estimate was significantly different from both the 2002 and 2003 estimates.
The prevalence of lifetime nonmedical use of Hydrocodone products among young adults was 14.1 percent in 2002, 16.3 percent in 2003, and 17.4 percent in 2004. The 2004 estimate was significantly different from both the 2002 and 2003 estimates.
The prevalence of lifetime nonmedical use of OxyContin among young adults was 2.6 percent in 2002, 3.6 percent in 2003, and 4.3 percent in 2004. The 2004 estimate was significantly different from both the 2002 and 2003 estimates.
The prevalence of lifetime nonmedical use of Oxycodone products among young adults was 8.2 percent in 2002, 8.9 percent in 2003, and 10.1 percent in 2004. The 2004 estimate was significantly different from both the 2002 and 2003 estimates.

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