CDC Finds Maine With Highest Number of Opiate Prescription Users

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Harbor Village Florida comments on CDC study which indicates that Maine has the highest number of opiate prescription users.

As reported by the Portland Press Herald in the article Maine Leads Nation in Rate of Long-Term Opiate Prescriptions, CDC Says (7/3), a recent study has found that the state of Maine currently owns the lead in the amount of high-dosage prescription pain opiate prescriptions. CDC experts believe that this piece of information is a sign to take action, since many people often overdose from abusing those types of drugs. The study, which measured long-term use, is significant because opiates are not meant to be used over a long-term period of time when it comes to minor pains. Based off the study, some experts recommend that Maine not only looks at the numbers but to also consider alternative interventions that could help offset opiate abuse. The CDC was not able to determine what ranked Maine as the leading state in prescribing opiates.

One doctor from the Maine Behavioral Health Board recommended that the state pay extra attention to not only go after the supply of opiates but to also find a solution to the problem. The director of one organization, MaineCare, confirmed that the state has worked with the organization to carefully monitor opiate hand-outs, leading to a major decrease in prescriptions. Experts also recommended trying to change the perception of patients, who believe they should be 100% pain-free. MaineCare is currently hoping to serve as a model for other doctors in the state. The state of Maine is looking forward to being able to change their statistics in the near future.

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