Written opioid prescriptions drop 10 percent in Wisconsin

(AP Photo/Toby Talbot, File)
(AP Photo/Toby Talbot, File)

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – A state system to track prescription painkillers in Wisconsin to prevent abuse shows a nearly 10 percent drop in the number of opioid prescriptions written and filled compared to this time last year.

Wisconsin Public Radio (http://bit.ly/2fDrv3l ) reports Wisconsin’s Controlled Substance Board recently published its first quarterly report on the prescription drug monitoring database, which was established in 2013.

Gov. Scott Walker calls the findings “very encouraging.”

The report does not say what percentage of doctors, dentists or pharmacists check the database, but officials say its use has steadily increased. Doctors will be required to check it next year.

The Wisconsin Medical Society’s chief medical officer, Donn Dexter, says the organization is working to educate physicians on the database and get them ready for the mandates.

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Information from: Wisconsin Public Radio, http://www.wpr.org

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