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Research Letter
February 11, 2019

County-Level Opioid Prescribing in the United States, 2015 and 2017

Author Affiliations
  • 1National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia
  • 2Division of Toxicology and Human Health Sciences, Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia
JAMA Intern Med. 2019;179(4):574-576. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2018.6989

In the United States in 2016, prescription opioids accounted for 40% of the 42 249 opioid-related overdose deaths.1 Although the number of opioid prescriptions has been declining over the past several years, prescribing remains elevated relative to 1999 levels.2 This study examines opioid prescribing at the national and county levels in 2015 and 2017.

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