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CDC Vital Signs

Opioid Prescribing

Providers in the highest prescribing counties prescribed 6 times more opioids per person than the lowest prescribing counties in 2015.

Half of US counties had a decrease in the amount of opioids (MME*) prescribed per person from 2010 to 2015.

The MME prescribed per person in 2015 was about 3 times as high as in 1999.

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About Vital Signs

The CDC Vital Signs monthly report was launched in 2010. It includes a MMWR Early Release, a graphic fact sheet and website, a media release, and social media tools. Most of the materials are available in English and Spanish.

Vital Signs is released the first Tuesday of every month. Issues include colorectal and breast cancer screening, obesity, alcohol and tobacco use,  HIV testing, motor vehicle safety, cardiovascular disease, teen pregnancy and healthcare-associated infections, foodborne disease and more.

Please sign up to get Vital Signs through email each month at Vital Signs. Feel free to share CDC Vital Signs information broadly with your partners. Take advantage of CDC’s social media tools, such as the CDC Vital Signs buttons and email updates. You can have CDC Vital Signs reports sent directly to your own website to display through our content syndication service.

  • Page last reviewed: July 6, 2017
  • Page last updated: July 6, 2017
  • Content source:
    • Office of the Associate Director for Communications (OADC)
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