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July 13, 2017

Opioid prescribing is still high and varies widely throughout the U.S. | CDC Online Newsroom | CDC

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In 2015 six times more opioids per resident were dispensed in the highest-prescribing counties than in the lowest-prescribing counties. This wide variation suggest inconsistent prescribing practices among healthcare providers and that patients receive different care depending on where they live.

Healthcare providers consulting evidence-based guidance when prescribing opioids seems an essential factor in narrowing such a dramatic variation.

https://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2017/p0706-opioid.html