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Opioid Painkiller Prescribing infographic

Some states have more painkiller prescriptions per person than others.

Some states have more painkiller prescriptions per person than others.

This color-coded U.S. map shows the number of painkiller prescriptions per 100 people in each of the fifty states plus the District of Columbia in 2012. Data from IMS, National Prescription Audit (NPATM), 2012.


 

Quartile
(Painkiller Prescriptions per 100 People)
States
52-71HI, CA, NY, MN, NJ, AK, SD, VT, IL, WY, MA, CO
72-82.1NH, CT, FL, IA, NM, TX, MD, ND, WI, WA, VA, NE, MT
82.2-95AZ, ME, ID, DC, UT, PA, OR, RI, GA, DE, KS, NV, MO
96-143NC, OH, SC, MI, IN, AR, LA, MS, OK, KY, WV, TN, AL


 



 

Health care providers in different states prescribe at different levels.

Health care providers in different states prescribe at different levels.

This graphic orders the fifty states plus the District of Columbia by the number of painkiller prescriptions per 100 people. There are five pill bottles:

  • The green bottle contains states that have the lowest number of prescription painkillers per 100 people: 52-63 (5 states).
  • The yellow bottle contains states that have 65-82 prescription painkillers per 100 people (21 states).
  • The orange bottle contains states that have 85-102 prescription painkillers per 100 people (15 states).
  • The red-orange bottle contains states that have 107 to 120 prescription painkillers per 100 people (5 states).
  • The red bottle contains states that have the highest number of prescription painkillers per 100 people: 128-143 (5 states).

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StatePainkiller Prescriptions
per 100 People
HI52
CA57
NY60
MN62
NJ63
StatePainkiller Prescriptions
per 100 People
AK65
SD66
VT67
IL68
WY70
MA71
CO71
NH72
CT72
FL73
IA73
NM74
TX74
MD74
ND75
WI76
WA77
VA78
NE79
MT82
AZ82
StatePainkiller Prescriptions
per 100 People
ID86
DC86
UT86
PA88
OR89
RI90
GA91
DE91
KS94
NV94
MO95
NC97
OH100
SC102
StatePainkiller Prescriptions
per 100 People
MI107
IN109
AR116
LA118
MS120

StatePainkiller Prescriptions
per 100 People
OK128
KY128
WV138
TN143
AL143



Making a Difference: State Successes

New York down 75%

2012 Action:
New York required prescribers to check the state’s prescription drug monitoring program before prescribing painkillers. 

2013 Result: Saw a 75% drop in patients who were seeing multiple prescribers to obtain the same drugs, which would put them at higher risk of overdose.

Florida down 50%

2010 Action:
Florida regulated pain clinics and stopped health care providers from dispensing prescription painkillers from their offices. 

2012 Result: Saw more than 50% decrease in overdose deaths from oxycodone.

Tennessee down 36%

2012 Action:
Tennessee required prescribers to check the state’s prescription drug monitoring program before prescribing painkillers. 

2013 Result: Saw a 36% drop in patients who were seeing multiple prescribers to obtain the same drugs, which would put them at higher risk of overdose.

SOURCES: NY, TN: PDMP Center of Excellence at Brandeis University, 2014. FL: Vital Signs Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, July 1, 2014.

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  • Page last reviewed: July 1, 2014
  • Page last updated: July 1, 2014
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