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Opioid Dispensing Down 20% in 2 Years

Monday, March 5, 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Sarah Bass
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From Forbes McIntosh, Government Policy Solutions, WALA Lobbyist


The Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services (DSPS) today released the latest report from the Controlled Substances Board (CSB) showing a 20 percent drop in the number of opioid prescriptions dispensed between 2015 and 2017.

According to the report, in 2017 there were 4,066,083 opioid prescriptions dispensed compared to 5,105,729 in 2015 - or a 20 percent decrease.

"Wisconsin is committed to combatting the opioid crisis and our latest report shows that our reforms are working," Governor Walker stated. "A 20 percent decrease in opioid prescriptions shows how seriously our prescribers and law enforcement take the opioid epidemic, and I remain committed to ensuring they have the tools and resources necessary to continue their good work."

The report also shows a:

  • 26 percent decrease in the number of hydrocodone-acetaminophen pills dispensed in 2017 compared to 2015 dispensing data, or 25,445,488 fewer pills.
  • 13 percent decrease in benzodiazepine prescriptions dispensed in 2017 compared to 2015 dispensing data, or 307,461 fewer prescriptions.
  • 47 percent decrease in the average monthly doctor shopping alerts when comparing 2017 data to 2015 data. From October 1 - December 31, 2017 there was an average of 14,535 alerts per month compared to January 1 - March 31, 2015 with an average of 27,248 alerts per month.
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