Report: Half Of Patients Prescribed Opioid For 30 Days Still Using It Three Years Later

In continuing coverage, on ABC World News (12/9, story 7, 1:10, Muir), chief medical editor Richard Besser, MD, reported on a study from Express Scripts that looked at 36 million prescriptions and found that “nearly half of those patients who are described a narcotic and took it for more than 30 days, they were still on it three years later.” Dr. Besser said these medicines “are meant for short-term use,” and according to the CDC, “46 people die from narcotic overdose, when they are combined with anxiety medication or sleeping pills” every day.

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— “Study: A Nation in Pain,” Express Scripts, December 9, 2014.

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