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Study: Opiods Are Over-Prescribed

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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - Who’s prescribing the most opiods in America? A new study takes a look.

St. Louis-based Express Scripts found out the top five percent of opiod prescsribers write 40 percent of all U.S. narcotics prescriptions.

“If you dig a little deeper, you find that high prescribers wrote an average of 3.5 times more opiod prescriptions than their peer group, and the cost per day was nearly five times higher,” says Brian Henry of Express Scripts.

Henry says opiod addiction is a deadly epidemic.

“It claims hundreds of thousands of lives, it costs millions in wasted health care dollars and it results in more than a million emergency room visits each year,” he says.

Henry says identifying over-prescribers could help lower the cost of prescription drugs.

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