Cutbacks by Some Doctors Halved New Opioid Prescriptions Over 5 Years

March 13, 2019

(Reuters) – The rate of first-time opioid prescriptions declined 54 percent between 2012 and 2017 in the U.S., largely because many doctors stopped prescribing the painkillers, according to a study of more than 86 million people covered by private insurance. The number of prescriptions for three days’ worth of an opioid – the recommended amount for an initial prescription – fell 57 percent during those five-and-a-half years and there was a 68 percent decline in the number of prescriptions offering seven days of opioid therapy.

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