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Opioid prescriptions decline while addiction therapy drugs double

Opioid prescriptions decline while addiction therapy drugs double

New data show that the number of prescriptions for opioid painkillers filled in the U.S. fell dramatically last year, marking the biggest drop in 25 years.

As the number of opioid prescriptions written by doctors is decreasing, the amount of medications handed out to treat pain killer addictions is on the rise, according to new research.

In March of 2016, MA imposed new restrictions on prescribing opioids in an effort to help curb the epidemic.

The number of prescriptions for opioid painkillers filled in the USA fell dramatically last year, showing their biggest drop in 25 years and continuing a decline amid increasing legal restrictions and public awareness of the dangers of addiction, new data show.

Meanwhile, treatment for opioid addiction is increasing.

Prescriptions for opioid painkillers fell 10 percent a year ago, and new monthly prescriptions for the drugs fell by 7.8 percent, according to the IQVIA Institute for Human Data Science, which studies prescription drug use and spending, The New York Times reported.

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The study from the IQVIA Institute for Human Data Science finds that opioid prescriptions peaked in 2011 after rising throughout the previous decade to an average of 72 pills per adult American.

The US decline has come after overdoses and deaths from prescription opioids and illicit narcotics soared, and multiple groups pushed back.

These declines are aligned with a number of new state laws aimed at tackling the nation's opioid epidemic, which continues to claim the lives of 115 people every day, according to the federal government.

Insurers and drug stores began imposing similar limits on opioid use for acute pain, as opposed to cancer and chronic pain patients. It was the steepest drop-off in drug prescriptions for the entire year.

In 2014, CSMS launched its opioid committee, working with the AMA and medical societies in other states to address legislation and regulation, ranging from developing effective prescription drug monitoring programs, continuing medical education, restrictions on treatment for opioid use disorder as well as enactment of naloxone access.


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