Study of States With Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs Highlights Continued Opioid Problem

Despite prescription drug monitoring programs enacted in several states, opioids continue to be prescribed twice as much in some states versus other states, according to a new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The report’s data is derived from analysis of state prescription drug monitoring programs in eight states, including California, Delaware, Florida, Idaho Louisiana, Maine, Ohio and West Virginia.

The analysis found that opioid prescriptions peaked in either of two age groups: 45-54 year olds or 55-64 year olds, likely a result of more frequent complaints of chronic pain due to aging.

Louisiana topped the states for the most opioid prescriptions.

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Source: CDC