Today’s issue of WorkCompRecap features the recent release of a new Vital Signs report from that Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that found the amount of opioids prescribed in the United States peaked in 2010 and then decreased each year through 2015, but remains at high levels and varies from county to county in the U.S.
The CDC noted that in 2015 six times more opioids per resident were dispensed in the highest-prescribing counties than in the lowest-prescribing counties, and that the wide variation suggests inconsistent prescribing practices among healthcare providers and that patients receive different care depending on where they live. County-level factors associated with higher amounts of opioids prescribed included greater percentages of non-Hispanic white residents, greater prevalence of diabetes and arthritis, micropolitan areas (non-metro small cities and big towns), and higher levels of unemployment.
Find out more (including a link to the free Vital Signs report! by clicking here!