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Opioid Prescribing in NYS Down by 37.5% Over Five Year Period

Wed, June 12, 2019 1:07 PM | Babette Grey (Administrator)

Opioid prescribing by New York State physicians has decreased 37.5% percent between 2013-2018 and opioid prescriptions also decreased by 11.2% from 2017 to 2018 according to data recently released by the IQVIA, Danbury, CT,  a data collection firm within the healthcare industry. The data is available here.

Additionally, the American Medical Association (AMA) has released its 2019 Opioid Progress Report—the third year that the AMA has reported on actions that physicians have taken to help end the nation’s opioid epidemic. The report shows significant decreases in opioid prescribing as well as increases in PDMP use and naloxone prescriptions. In addition to the national data, the AMA also released state-level data for opioid prescribing and PDMP use. New York State physicians and other users of the prescription monitoring program logged 23,931,571 inquiries in 2018, a 42% increase since 2014.

AAOS efforts
In November 2015, the AAOS released an information statement titled "Opioid Use, Misuse, and Abuse in Orthopaedic Practice." The document says, in part, "The AAOS believes that a comprehensive opioid program is necessary to decrease opioid use, misuse, and abuse in the United States. New, effective education programs for physicians, caregivers, and patients; improvements in physician monitoring of opioid prescription use; increased research funding for effective alternative pain management and coping strategies; and support for more effective opioid abuse treatment programs are needed."

During the 2017 Annual Meeting, the AAOS introduced a multimedia public service campaign to highlight the potential dangers of opioids. The campaign includes display and radio ads, urging doctors and patients to exercise caution in prescribing and taking opioids (Fig. 2). For more information, visit http://orthoInfo.org/PrescriptionSafety

Additionally, the AAOS has developed a Pain Relief Toolkit that can be accessed here: https://aaos.org/painrelieftoolkit/

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