Volume of Opioids Prescribed in U.S. Declined 17 Percent in 2018

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A new report finds the volume of opioids prescribed in the United States last year declined 17 percent, according to Bloomberg. It is the single-largest annual drop ever recorded in the U.S. market, the health research firm IQVIA Holdings found.

The firm found that opioid prescriptions have decreased 43 percent overall since 2011. Michael Kleinrock, Research Director for the IQVIA Institute for Human Data Science, told Bloomberg the decrease is being propelled by new state regulations that limit opioid prescribing, as well as federal guidelines that call for avoiding high doses of opioids.

The report also found an increase in the use of medication-assisted treatment (MAT) for opioid addiction. “Our research shows new therapy starts for MATs increased to 1.2 million people in 2018, nearly a 300 percent increase compared with those seeking addiction help in 2014. This is an important indicator of the effects of increased funding and support for treatment programs to address addiction,” IQVIA Senior Vice President Murray Aitken said in a news release.

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