Opioid Prescriptions Move to a 10 Year Low

Opioid Prescriptions Move to a 10 Year Low
Using data released by the CDC, we compare the number of opioid prescriptions against the number of overdose deaths (all drugs).

This chart points out 2 facts:

  • Overdose deaths including those involving opioids continue to increase as we add restrictions to opioid prescribing
  • Lost in the media conversation about opioids, is the fact we are at a 10 year low in prescribing.
  • This does not take into account the 25% reduction in opioids by the DEA in 2017 or the 20% reduction in opioids by the DEA in 2018.

    Important note: “Correlation is not causation.” But the opposite is also true and less widely quoted “There is no correlation without causation.”

    Sources:
    https://www.cdc.gov/drugoverdose/maps/rxrate-maps.html
    https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/databriefs/db294_table.pdf#page=1