In rural America, opioid prescriptions continue to flow, new CDC report shows

After years of fitful efforts to get doctors to prescribe fewer opioid painkillers, the nation’s annual dose of the addictive medications remained roughly three times higher in 2015 than in 1999, when overdose deaths began their historic climb in the U.S.

A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that while prescriptions rates fell nationwide between 2010 and 2015, their availability either remained steady — or actually increased — in just over half of the U.S. counties for which data were available.

Source: In rural America, opioid prescriptions continue to flow, new CDC report shows – LA Times