Michigan opioid prescriptions down 15 percent last year

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.”

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

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.

Notice: you are using an outdated browser. Microsoft does not recommend using IE as your default browser. Some features on this website, like video and images, might not work properly. For the best experience, please upgrade your browser.