Kentucky remains in the highest quartile of opioid prescriptions in the US

“Despite some progress in certain states, a new report from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) finds that nationwide prescribing rates for narcotic medications remain high and worrisome variations persist among states. Clinicians in the United States wrote 259 million opioid prescriptions in 2012, enough for every adult to have a bottle, noted CDC director Thomas Frieden, MD, MPH, during a press briefing July 1.”

The CDC found that in 2012, for every 100 people in the United States, US clinicians wrote 82.5 prescriptions for opioid painkillers, a class of drugs that has a long history of abuse. In Kentucky, the prescription rate was in the highest range: 96-143 prescriptions per 100 people.

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