CDC: Doctors’ Prescribing Practices Play Key Role in Curbing Painkiller Abuse

CDC: Doctors’ Prescribing Practices Play Key Role in Curbing Painkiller Abuse

A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that a small number of doctors were responsible for prescribing the most narcotic painkiller prescriptions (Rx) in the U.S., HealthDay reports.

The CDC researchers analyzed 2013 data from prescription drug-monitoring programs in eight states including California, Delaware, Florida, Idaho, Louisiana, Maine, Ohio and West Virginia, which represent about one-quarter of the U.S. population.

The data found that a small number of doctors were heavy prescribers of Rx pain medications. In all eight states narcotic painkillers were prescribed twice as often as stimulants or tranquilizers/sedatives, such as Ativan or Xanax, according to the report.

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