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Here Are The California Counties Where Annual Opioid Scripts Outnumber People

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Here Are The California Counties Where Annual Opioid Scripts Outnumber People


by Tyler Durden
Sep 9, 2017 8:40 PM
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The California Department of Public Health just dropped some staggering statistics about the level of opioid abuse in America's progressive paradise of the left coast. As the Sacramento Bee points out, there are a remarkable number of counties in California where annual prescriptions for pain killers actually exceed the population.

Trinity County is the state’s fourth-smallest, and ended last year with an estimated population of 13,628 people.

Its residents also filled prescriptions for oxycodone, hydrocodone and other opioids 18,439 times, the highest per capita rate in California.

Besides Trinity, other counties with more prescriptions than people include Lake, Shasta, Tuolumne and Del Norte counties. In the Sacramento region, El Dorado, Placer and Sacramento counties had prescription rates above the statewide average, with Yolo County slightly below the state average.

A county’s prescription total represents all opioids dispensed via prescriptions filled at a pharmacy and tracked by the state. Statewide, 15 percent of Californians were prescribed opioids in 2016, ranging from 7.3 percent of residents in tiny Alpine County to almost 27 percent in Lake County.

As might be expected, the scripts per capita are highest in California's more rural northern counties.






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If 27% in Lake County had prescriptions, and if 270 people out of 1000 filled 1400 times, that is about 5 refills per patient. In Alpine County, where 73 out of 1000 get 400 (more or less), that is somewhere around 5.5 per patient. I won't do the others, but at first glance this looks like some counties just have more people in pain. Maybe some counties have jobs that have more accidents (eg, lumber in Lake County).
 

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Would be interesting to see the income levels of these counties. See if there is any correlation.

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