Decrease in opioid prescriptions for the first time in decades

For the first time in 20 years, experts are reporting a decrease in the number of written opioid prescriptions.

The hope is that this reduction signals a turning point in the opioid epidemic, that perhaps prescription guidelines and warnings about the dangers of addiction are resonating in the medical community. This decrease has not been correlated with a decrease in fatalities, and the use of illicit drugs is still highly alarming, but at least we are seeing some sign of success in terms of policy-making and education.

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