Painkiller Prescriptions Highly Varied From State To State
The number of painkiller prescriptions issued varies widely from state to state, according to a new CDC report.By Sebastian Martinez | July 2, 2014
Big inconsistencies in the amount of powerful painkillers prescribed from state to state are worrying officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
In a recent study, the CDC reported, "Health care providers wrote 259 million prescriptions for painkillers in 2012, enough for every American adult to have a bottle of pills."
The report pointed out doctors in Southern states prescribed more painkillers than other states. Alabama and Tennessee saw the most prescriptions: 143 for every 100 people in the state.