New tool to create custom opioid consumption graphs

Categories: Care.

This new tool, custom consumption graphs for opioid medicines, allows users to select, customise and create charts of the opioid consumption data and download them as either an image file (png) or a PDF for use in presentations or publications. 

You can explore these data by creating three types of charts and selecting the countries, regions, medicines, years, etc. in which you are interested.

This new tool has become a part of a collection of tools on the PPSG website which can be used to interactively explore these data:

  • an interactive global map allows users to select the opioid medicine and year (1964 – most recent) to display, providing an immediate visual image of the variation in consumption of opioids throughout the world, and 
  • an interactive opioid consumption chart allows users to explore the relationship between opioid consumption trends for a particular country and other country characteristics such as the Human Development Index.

By way of background, for nearly two decades, PPSG has annually received from the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) consumption data for six principal opioids used to treat moderate to severe pain: Fentanyl, hydromorphone, methadone, morphine, oxycodone, and pethidine. 

PPSG has developed an in-house global database of opioid consumption statistics, and provides these data on its website in the format of globalregional and individual country graphs.

In addition to the opioid consumption data, PPSG annually assembles key information from INCB reports and United Nations publications for each country and provides this information on individual country profiles pages.

As always, we are grateful to the INCB for their continued collaboration and for providing annual updates of these important data and to the US Cancer Pain Relief Committee for their support of these important website updates.

We encourage you to explore these data using the new tools and share the website with interested colleagues.