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Opioid prescriptions after ER visits are declining: CDC analysis

Posted On: Jan. 23, 2023 9:36 AM CST

Doctors sent patients home with opioids after emergency department visits about 8% of the time in 2019–2020, down from about 12% in 2017–2018, according to figures released today by the Centers for Disease Control, reports Axios. The reduction continues a downward trend line from about 21.5% of emergency department discharges in 2010–2011 that resulted in an opioid prescription, reflecting the success of educating doctors to reduce opioids prescriptions.