Study shows increase in prescriptions for opioid painkillers

09/18/2013 | Forbes

From 2000 to 2010, the portion of patients with non-cancer pain who were given opioid prescriptions increased from 11.3% to 19.6%, while non-opioid scripts remained in the range of 26% to 29%, according to a study in the journal Medical Care. Study author G. Caleb Alexander of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health said stable or falling usage of acetaminophen and ibuprofen suggests efforts to better identify and treat pain "have backfired, due to an over-reliance on prescription opioids that have caused incredible morbidity and mortality among patients young and old alike."

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