CDC: Opioid prescriptions drop nationwide but crisis is nowhere near the end

Morphine milligram equivalents of opioids prescribed per capita in 2015. CDC

"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.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that differences in county prescription rates depend in part on the number of medical providers in the area and their prescribing patterns, according to the July issue of Vital Signs, issued Thursday.

The overall amount of opioids prescribe by doctors has also declined - from 782 morphine milligram equivalents (MME) per person in 2010 to 640 MME per person in 2015.

In addition, doctors in the USA, as of 2015, were still prescribing three times as many opioids as they were in 1999 and almost four times more than their European counterparts, according to the CDC.

Yet, these factors only explained one-third of the variation of the amount of opioids prescribed among counties, the researchers report. Cambria County, for example, was among the state's higher per-person prescription rates and its highest overdose death rates that year.

Health care bill needs to be done right
What care would we decide they don't need anymore? Hospitals, especially smaller rural hospitals, would be hurt. You could convince me that they would feel under even more pressure to come up with a new plan.

Anne Schuchat, the CDC's acting director, expressed tempered optimism about the first national decline in opioid prescriptions that the CDC has reported since the crisis began in the late 1990s.

In 2016 the CDC came up with "CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain".

"Changes in opioid prescribing can save lives", the current CDC report concludes. The CDC has said that there is no evidence that opioids are effective long-term and suggests that people with chronic pain, one of the most common reasons for visiting a health-care provider, seek alternatives.

Opioid prescriptions dropped in Manhattan by roughly 20%, from 684 milligrams per patient to 545.

The country's overdose epidemic, with the highest death rates ever recorded, is driven by opioid use, both prescription painkillers and heroin. "We're still seeing too many people get too much for too long".

HTC Ocean Life rumor: "5.2" screen, Snapdragon 660, Edge Sense sides
The highlighting feature of the smartphone perhaps lies in the fact that the device will have Edge Sense alongside the Sense 9 UI. The device will be like a smaller version of the U11 , outfitting numerous larger handset's features into a smaller frame.

Nationally, some numbers are encouraging: The CDC found prescription numbers peaked in 2010 and decreased each year since.

"We need prescribing data to be released every quarter for every state and county, within 30 days of the end of each quarter", Mendell said.

Louisiana has the sixth-highest opioid pain reliever prescribing rate in the country.

Gary Mendell, founder of the anti-drug advocacy group Shatterproof, said in a statement that while the CDC's numbers are a good start, real accountability in measuring opioid prescriptions comes with making those numbers transparent. The affected counties "had a greater percentage of white residents, were where a higher concentration of primary care physicians or dentists worked, or where more people were unsinured or unemployed".

From 2006 to 2010, daily MME per prescription remained steady, but then it decreased 17 percent from 2010 to 2015. Overdose deaths jumped 13 percent from 2013 to 2014 here.

Trump has no plans for Britain visit in near future
Merkel picked the city as the summit host in part to show world leaders that protests play an accepted role in a vibrant democracy.

The availability of prescription opioids varies widely across the country, Schuchat said. The guidelines, which are nonbinding, also recommend limiting opioid treatment for short-term pain to less than a week. The county has even taken to collecting unused prescriptions in drop-off boxes to clear medicine cabinets.

Related news:

Hot News

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Middle East crisis: Gulf media predict more sanctions on Qatar
Jul 07, 2017 - 00:47
The Egyptian foreign minister went on to say that media outlets in Qatar were guilty of "glorifying terrorist activities". Egypt is part of a quartet of Arab countries led by Saudi Arabia boycotting Qatar over alleged ties to terrorism.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top As anti-G20 protests begin, Merkel says growth must be inclusive
Jul 06, 2017 - 00:37
Hamburg is a citadel of leftwing radicals, and the authorities say they are bracing for possible clashes and property damage. Sunday's demonstration was organised by a group called " Protest Wave G20".

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top England's Broad allays injury fears ahead of South Africa Test
Jul 06, 2017 - 00:36
England have managed a solitary series win against the South Africa since the Proteas' readmission to Test cricket that came in 1992.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Gas prices trend down for fifth consecutive week, increase in production cited
Jul 05, 2017 - 00:27
The price in New Hampshire went down half a cent to $2.18 a gallon, while it went up in ME almost a penny, to $2.23 a gallon. Further north, sub-$2 prices were rampant across metro regions including Tampa, Orlando, Melbourne and Vero Beach.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Microsoft Could Lay Off Thousands Of Employees Amid Big Shake-Up
Jul 05, 2017 - 00:25
A Microsoft spokesperson told Reuters that the company "is implementing changes to better serve our customers and partners". Considering that the end of Microsoft's fiscal year falls on July, the overhaul is actually right on schedule.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Second Chinese Long March-5 mission fails
Jul 03, 2017 - 01:44
As well as Chang'e-5, the Long March 5 will launch the country's first independent interplanetary mission, to Mars , in 2020. The same rocket type had been expected to take China's latest lunar probe to the moon this year and return with samples.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Kyle Lowry, Raptors agree to deal that keeps Toronto's core intact
Jul 03, 2017 - 01:39
Cory Joseph could be dealt and this likely ends Patrick Patterson's time in Toronto. "They all led me back to Toronto". Serge Ibaka will be returning to Jurassic Park. "I was not born in the jungle", Ibaka said.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top How Hong Kong's Banks Turned Chinese
Jul 02, 2017 - 01:30
They were swiftly stopped by police and Chinese-flag-waving counter-protesters, with the action ending about an hour later. Earlier, Xi swore in Carrie Lam as Hong Kong's first female Chief Executive.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Wimbledon 2017: Andy Murray pulls out of final warm-up match
Jul 02, 2017 - 01:28
Even though he didn't play great (at Queen's last week, where he lost in the first round) we had great practices '. It means Murray will have a maximum of two matches on grass before he begins the defence of his Wimbledon title.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Podcast: Paul George trade, free agency day one reaction
Jul 02, 2017 - 00:47
Several teams were mentioned as the potential landing spot for George , and the Cleveland Cavaliers were one of team. George played in 75 games for the Pacers last season, averaging 23.7 points per game.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Trump Calls Out Chicago Crime 'Epidemic' Ahead Of New Task Force Announcement
Jul 01, 2017 - 00:45
According to the Chicago Tribune , that number is actually 1,760, but is lower than it was at this time past year . And police, federal agents and prosecutors will reportedly target repeat gun offenders and illegal firearms.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Russia Invesigators Quiz Democrat John Podesta Over Election Meddling Claims
Jun 30, 2017 - 00:52
In a January 6 report, USA intelligence agencies said they believed that Russian Federation was behind the hacking of the emails. News of Stone's forthcoming testimony came on the same day that Podesta testified before the House Intelligence Committee.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Pentagon: US will support Kurdish militia after Raqqa fighting
Jun 30, 2017 - 00:50
The YPG is an ally of the United States and has provided America intelligence for airstrikes against ISIS for years. Mattis claimed that the U.S. had made it clear all along "we're going to equip them for the fight".

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Police Say Venus Williams At Fault In Fatal Car Crash
Jun 30, 2017 - 00:49
Police said that there's no evidence that Williams, 37, was distracted by a cellphone at the time of the accident. According to a police report obtained by the news site, the accident occurred on June 9.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Treasury announces new sanctions to increase pressure on North Korea
Jun 30, 2017 - 00:46
It cited a United Nations expert panel as saying the company has violated a ban on trade in luxury goods with the North. The Trump administration is increasing pressure on Chinese financial players amid growing tension with North Korea.