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By Mike Stobbe
AP Medical Writer 

Opioid prescribing is falling in the US, but not everywhere

 


NEW YORK (AP) — Overall opioid prescription rates have been falling in recent years, but the powerful drugs have become more plentiful in more than than 1 in 5 U.S. counties, a report released Thursday finds.

The amount of opioids prescribed fell 18 percent between 2010 and 2015. But researchers found local differences, with opioid prescribing six times higher in some counties than others.

Rates vary "as much from place to place as the weather," said Dr. Anne Schuchat, acting director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

It's the latest to show a decline in opioid presc...



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