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Rx opioids dosage and supply numbers U.S. 2006 vs 2018

This statistic depicts some select key figures on dosage and supply of opioid prescriptions in the U.S., comparing the years 2006 and 2018. The average daily morphine milligram equivalents (MME) per opioid prescription stood at 59.7 in 2006, and decreased to 42.9 in 2018. On the other hand, the average number of days of supply per prescription increased significantly.

Dosage and supply key figures for prescribed opioids in the U.S. in 2006 and 2018

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Release date

November 2019


North America, United States

Survey time period

2016 and 2018

Method of interview

Online survey

Supplementary notes

MME: morphine milligram equivalents
Rx: prescription.

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