The intense focus in the news media, in the medical community and in both state and federal governments to America’s opioid epidemic may be getting the message across.
New data out last week shows that the number of prescriptions filled for opioid painkillers fell by nine percent nationwide, their biggest decline in 25 years.
The law-enforcement crackdown on so-called “pill mills,” coupled with greater public awareness of the risks of these highly addictive drugs, apparently is prompting greater restraint by both physicians and patients.
It’s a healthy trend. Let’s hope it continues.