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CDC: Opioid prescribing down 18% from 2010 but still too high
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Per capita opioid prescriptions fell 18% from 2010 to 2015, but prescribing in 2015 was still triple the rate from 1999 and four times as high as in Europe, according to the CDC, and average Rx duration increased to 17.7 days in 2015 from 13.3 in 2006. The report also found that opioid prescription rates increased in 23% of counties, and areas where prescribing was high tended to have larger white populations, lower employment rates and a greater percentage of Medicaid enrollees.

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