State Variation in Opioid Painkiller Prescribing Detailed
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention called for states to consider bolstering drug monitoring programs that track painkiller prescriptions amid findings that health care providers wrote 259 million prescriptions for painkillers in 2012. That is enough for one bottle of pills per each U.S. adult.
The CDC also reported that health care providers in the highest-prescribing states wrote nearly 3 times as many opioid painkiller prescriptions per person as those in the lowest prescribing states. The graph above shows the number of painkiller prescriptions per 100 people in each jurisdiction.