A map of opioid prescriptions by county is now available from the CDC, reports MedPage Today.
Overall prescribing has fallen in the past few years, but the amount of opioids per person was still three times higher in 2015 than it was in 1999.
Those were the major findings in a Vital Signs release from the CDC, which focused on opioid prescribing. The data looked at trends through 2015, which notably does not include the agency’s 2016 opioid guidelines. The numbers will serve as a baseline to measure the impact of those guidelines going forward, said acting CDC Director Anne Schuchat, MD.
“The bottom line remains, we still have too many people getting these opioid prescriptions for too many days at too high a dose,” she said.
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