State-By-State Rates of Prescribing Opioid Medications

By Joe Gullo

Published 07/02 2014 02:10PM

Updated 07/02 2014 06:15PM

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) calculated the rates of prescribing opioid medications across the United States.

The CDC says overprescribing of opioid pain relievers can result in adverse health outcomes, including fatal overdoses. The report will help health officials locate areas where prescribing patterns may need further evaluation. 

The report looked at opioid prescription rates, long-acting/extended-release opioid pain relievers, high-dose opioid pain relievers, and Benzodiazepines prescriptions. Click on a state to see overall opioid prescription rates and rankings for each metric. States in dark red ranked higher in overall opioid prescription rates per 100 persons, whereas states in dark blue ranked lower. 

Data from the CDC.

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