Thursday, February 26, 2015

Inappropriate Prescribing and Use of Prescription Painkillers: Injury Center News

Two new CDC studies suggest a type of prescription painkiller called opioids are more often inappropriately prescribed and used among Medicaid patients than among those with private insurance and that use of stronger opioid painkillers may be on the rise. The studies were published in the Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Under-served and through CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics.

Why This is Important

Prescription opioid painkillers are used to treat pain from surgery, injury, and health conditions such as cancer. Inappropriate prescribing and use of these painkillers is linked to dangerous health outcomes such as abuse, overdose, and death.

What States and Organizations Can Do
  • Use Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs
  • Identify and stop health care providers who over-prescribe opioid painkillers
  • Implement best practice prescribing guidelines
  • Maximize the state's role as a public insurer
Read a Summary of the Study Published in the Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved
Read the Report from CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics

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