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Report highlights decline in opioids dispensed in Wisconsin

A new report released from the Controlled Substances Board on the Wisconsin Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) showed that opioid prescriptions dispensed over the last year are down 10 percent. The report analyzed PDMP data from Quarter 1 of 2018 as part of the controlled substance dispensing trends over the past year.

“Three things are needed to stop the opioid epidemic: prevention, treatment, and enforcement,” said Attorney General Brad Schimel in this statement. “Prevention will ensure that we’re not fighting this epidemic for decades to come. With less opioids being prescribed, the medical community is ensuring that less people will get hooked on these pills down the road.”

The report shows that during the first quarter of 2018, there were 910,616 opioid prescriptions dispensed, which equates to 100,286 fewer prescriptions over the past 12 months.

The report also highlights:

  • A 6 percent decrease in the total number of monitored prescriptions dispensed or 140,601 fewer prescriptions.
  • A 6 percent decrease in benzodiazepine prescriptions dispensed or 29,468 fewer prescriptions.
  • A 23 percent decrease in the total number of data-driven concerning patient history alerts generated.
  • A 27 percent decrease in doctor shopping alerts.

“The Wisconsin Medical Society Opioid Task Force is very pleased with the continued improvement in responsible opioid prescribing demonstrated by these numbers,” said Task Force Chair Michael McNett, MD, a pain management physician with Advocate Aurora Health Care. “We’ve worked hard to educate doctors in the poor effectiveness of opioids and their extremely high risk. We’ve provided 10 online courses on pain and opioids, trained speakers to talk to providers and the public, and have worked with regulatory bodies and the state government. But as much improvement as these numbers show, there’s still much to do. We remain dedicated to helping the physicians of Wisconsin effectively treat pain in their patients while also doing everything possible to keep them safe from addiction.”

To learn more about these efforts, click here to listen to “Some Light in the Darkness.” In this episode of WisMed OnCall—the Society’s podcast—Dr. McNett and Mark Grapentine, JD, the Society’s senior vice president of Government Relations, discuss factors that led to the current crisis, the changes beginning to occur in opioid prescribing, and what still needs to be done to treat patients dealing with addiction.

To learn more about the Wisconsin Medical Society’s Opioid Education series, click here.

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