Safe Prescribing Practices Save Lives

Did You Know?

Prescription drug misuse and abuse is a complex social problem that requires us to work collaboratively, in an attempt to address the many interconnected clinical, behavioral and underlying social issues. Because Contra Costa Health Services Department recognizes that a comprehensive approach is necessary, we are working together in an integrated manner combining our expertise and resources to effectively and efficiently respond to the Opioid Crisis.

Monitoring Prescribing Rates

There were 704,647 prescriptions for opioids in Contra Costa in 2017 (excluding buprenorphine, a treatment drug). The annual prescribing rate during that period was 614.1 per 1,000 residents. This represents a 14% decrease in prescribing from 2015. The following chart presents the opioid prescribing rate from 2008 to 2017.

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