Opioid Prescriptions Are Down: CDC

Opioid prescriptions in the U.S. peaked in 2010 as the number of scripts for the more dangerous higher doses dropped by 41% since then, according to a new report by the CDC. Still, according to the agency, the prescribing rate in 2015 remained three times as high as in 1999, when the nation's opioid crisis was just starting. "We still have too many people getting medicine at too high a level and for too long," said Dr. Anne Schuchat, the acting director of the CDC.

https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/66/wr/mm6626a4.htm?s_cid=mm6626a4_w