Michigan opioid prescriptions down 15 percent last year

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LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs says the number of opioids dispensed in the state decreased by 15 percent in 2018 compared with the year before.

It said Tuesday the number of opioid prescriptions dispensed fell to 8.2 million last year compared with 9.7 million in 2017.

LARA says that during the same time period, the state saw the number of prescribers, pharmacists and others registered in the Michigan Automated Prescription System more than double to 68,000 from 29,000.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer says the Automated Prescription System “has played a critical role in both combatting the opioid epidemic here in Michigan and in ensuring patients who need prescription drugs have access to them.”

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1 Comment

  • Gail

    Is there a statistic on how many chronic pain sufferers have committed suicide as their life saving drugs were ripped away from them, violating their civil rights?? And as the addicts continue to get their illicit drugs without any problems at all, have the OD’s increased instead of decreased? Going after law abiding citizens while the criminal drug dealers and addicts are free to continue. Does that sound like the “fentanyl “ crisis is being won?? I don’t think so.

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