Opioid Prescribing Rates Still High But Vary Based on Region

Despite some progress in certain states, a report from the CDC finds that nationwide prescribing rates for narcotic medications remain high and worrisome variations persist among states (Paulozzi LJ et al. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep. 2014;63[26]:563-568). Clinicians in the United States wrote 259 million opioid prescriptions in 2012.

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