CA Doctors Writing Fewer Opioid Prescriptions
According to a new report, the number of opioid prescriptions written by California physicians dropped 17% over the past three years (2013-2016). The California Medical Association (CMA) reports that the data, from Quintiles IMS, shows that, per capita, California is now tied with Hawaii for the lowest number of filled opioid prescriptions in the nation.
During the same time frame, physicians nationwide wrote 15% fewer prescriptions for these medications, reflecting the leadership role that the medical community has played in addressing prescribing practices.
The issue of opioid use continues to garner news attention as the healthcare industry finds new ways to address pain and addiction. As of this writing, the ACA is still in place, but it remains to be seen what new legislation will be introduced and potential changes. LACMA and CMA are among the many organizations committed to fighting the opioid epidemic and continuing to ask our physicians to speak up and be leaders around this issue.
You can read the full article on the PNN website and learn more about specific resources CMA offers.
As a quick addendum, the LA County Department of Public Health also shares information and strategies for prescribing from Safe Med LA. You can check out their site here. But to access the full compendium of resources from DPH, check out their excellent article in the latest issue of Rx for Prevention.