An analysis of insurance claims data from over 86 million people showed the number of first-time opioid prescriptions fell 54% from 2012 to 2017 as fewer physicians prescribed the painkillers. The findings, published in The New England Journal of Medicine, showed the number of prescriptions for three days' and seven days' worth of opioids dropped by 57% and 68%, respectively.
First-time opioid prescriptions down 54% in 5 years, study finds
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