New CDC Report: Opiate Scrips Declining Since 2010

07/07/2017 - ATIN - The Centers for Disease Control, CDC, issued a report today showing that opiate prescriptions declined 18 percent in the five year period ending in 2015, reflecting increased awareness and caution by doctors in the wake of a national drug overdose epidemic led by opiates.

While the aggregate numbers are in decline, the CDC said that almost a quarter of reporting counties continued to see increases in prescriptions written for opiates. The demographics of the typical county still seeing prescription jumps are those that are relatively heavily populated with many urban areas defined by large towns and small cities. The CDC might as well have been describing Appalachia, so the problem of "Hillbilly Heroin" may still be as great despite a massive crackdown on "pill mills" by the DEA.

And in the endless game of Whac-A-Mole that is the War on Drugs, as the DEA has cracked down on prescriptions, cheap chemical-opiate laced (fentaynl) heroin has flooded the nations streets. Miami Dade's Opiate Task Force today also released a key report on the heroin problem in Florida's largest metro area, among the top drug problem regions in the nation. The task force reports massive increases in street heroin use, especially in the two year period ending 2016.

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