Fast facts on who's prescribing opioids
With all the attention being paid to opioid overdose, you'd hope that opioid presecriptions would decline. News flash: Opioid prescribing remains high and varies widely by specialty, according to a new study that showed that a total of 209.5 million opioid prescriptions were dispensed in the U.S. in just one year (from July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2017).
Who is writing all those prescriptions?
- Primary care physicians accounted for 35.8% of all prescriptions.
- Non-physician prescribers accounted for 19.2%.
- Pain medicine specialists accounted for 8.9%.
The proportion of opioids prescribed by physician assistants and nurse practitioners has increased since 2012 and is expected to continue to rise, given their increased role in the healthcare system.