Americans Are Filling Way Fewer Opioid Prescriptions Than They Used To. Here’s Why That Matters

Americans are filling far fewer opioid prescriptions than they did in years past, according to a new report -- even as the number of Americans dying of opioid overdoses continues to climb.

Opioid prescriptions by volume declined by 12% in 2017, the largest single-year change in a quarter of a century, according to a report from the Iqvia Institute for Human Data Science. That number is based on prescriptions by morphine milligram equivalents, a metric that takes into account the strength and...

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