The number and strength of opioids prescribed by physicians has fallen for the fifth year in a row. That is one of many key measures headed in the right direction, as featured in the AMA Opioid Task Force’s 2019 report on the progress made in ending the opioid epidemic.
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Between 2013 and 2018, the number of opioid prescriptions fell by more than 80 million—a 33% drop nationally. And prescription opioid total morphine milligram equivalents have fallen 43% since 2011, dropping by 17.1% in 2018 alone. Every state has seen a decrease in opioid prescriptions over the last five years.
Source: American Medical Association, June 6, 2019