CDC, National Academies Detail Status of U.S. Opioid Epidemic

This week, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a report revealing the amount of opioids prescribed in the U.S. peaked in 2010 and then decreased each year through 2015. However, the CDC notes providers are still prescribing opioids too often and for longer periods of time, increasing the risk of addiction, overdose, and death. Opioid prescribing varies widely from county to county with six times more opioids being prescribed in the highest-prescribing counties compared to the lowest-prescribing counties. The CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) is available here. Information on opioid prescribing, including fact sheets and additional resources, is available here.

Additionally, the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) Health and Medicine Division will be releasing a report entitled Pain Management and the Opioid Epidemic next week. At the request of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), NASEM appointed a committee of experts to examine the opioid epidemic and identify actions to respond to the crisis. NASEM will be holding a report release webinar on next Thursday, July 13 from 9:00 am-10:00 am. More information on the webinar and report are available here.