Data shows retail opioid Rx filled down in every state

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The American Medical Association (AMA) has released data from QuintilesIMS that shows that the number of retail opioid analgesic prescriptions that were filled in the U.S. dropped in every state during the 2013-2016 timeframe.  

The number of retail opioid analgesic prescriptions that were filled in Georgia were down by more than nine percent during that span – from 8.6 million in 2013 to 7.8 million in 2016. The U.S. total, meanwhile, dropped from 251 million in 2013 to 215 million in 2016, a 14.6 percent decline.  

The AMA noted that “while there are many hypotheses and correlations that can be made concerning this data, it is clear that physicians have been more judicious in their prescribing decisions.”

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