Safe Prescribing Practices Save Lives

As Opioid Use Disorders (OUD) may develop as a result of being treated for an acute or chronic pain problem, it’s important that medical prescribers use caution when prescribing narcotic painkillers (opioids).  Following are safe prescribing resources that can be used to help minimize new OUD initiations.  

Resources for Safe Prescribing

Monitoring Prescribing Rates

There were 641,374 prescriptions for opioids in Contra Costa in 2018 (excluding buprenorphine, a treatment drug). The annual prescribing rate during that period was 614.1 per 1,000 residents. This represents a 9% decrease in prescribing from 2017 to 2018. The following chart presents the opioid prescribing rate from 2008 to 2018.

Data shows that as the number of prescription opioid sales increased, deaths, and substance-abuse treatment admissions increased. In order to decrease the number of opioid related overdose deaths, its important that the rate of opioid prescribing must continue to be reduced.

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