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Rate of naloxone prescriptions per 100 opioid prescriptions U.S. 2018, by prescriber

Primary care physicians in the U.S. dispensed 1.48 naloxone prescriptions per 100 opioid prescriptions in 2018. From 2017 to 2018, there was an increase in the rate of naxolone prescriptions dispensed per opioid prescription across almost all specialties. Naxolone is used to block the effects of opioids and is used to treat opioid overdose.

Number of naloxone prescriptions per 100 opioid prescriptions in the U.S. in 2017 and 2018, by prescriber specialty*

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Release date

August 2019

Region

United States

Survey time period

2017 and 2018

Supplementary notes

* High dose opioid prescriptions which are defined ≥50 morphine milligram equivalents per day.

** Primary care includes family practice, general practice, and internal medicine.

*** Pain medicine includes anesthesiology, pain medicine, and physical medicine and rehabilitation.

^ Other includes clinical pharmacology, dermatology, dermatopathology, genetics, hospice and palliative medicine, medical microbiology, naturopathic doctor, neurology, neurophysiology, nuclear medicine, nutrition, occupational medicine, optometry, otology, pathology, pharmacist, podiatry, psychology, radiology, sports medicine, unspecified, and other. Pharmacists are included among other specialties given their limited ability to prescribe opioids.

^^ Medical subspecialties include allergy, cardiology, cardiovascular, diabetes, endocrinology, gastroenterology, hematology, hepatology, hospitalist, immunology, infectious disease, nephrology, oncology, pulmonary disease, and rheumatology.

^^^ Includes dentists, endodontics, orthodontics, pedodontics, periodontics, and prosthodontics. Oral and maxillofacial surgery are classified as surgery.

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