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Opioid Prescription Rates Higher in Rural Counties

January 18, 2019

Opioid prescribing rates among primary care providers are significantly higher in rural U.S. counties than their more populated counterparts, a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows.

For the study, researchers analyzed deidentified opioid prescription data for more than 30,000 primary care providers. The information covered January 2014 to March 2017, and was obtained from electronic health record vendor Athenahealth. To compare trends by population density, researchers stratified the data by providers' counties into six urban-rural categories, ranging from most to least densely populated. Link to full article here originally posted on:
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