Fourth Congressional District Leads Texas for Opioid Overprescriptions

In two northeast Texas districts, the rate of overprescription is near 90 percent.

By Scott MorganAugust 27, 2018 9:30 am|

From KETR:

A recent study out of Harvard that looks at rates of opioid overprescription by U.S.  congressional district finds that while Texas overall has lower overprescription rates than the national average, Districts 4 and 1 greatly exceed that average.

According to the study, the rate of opioid overprescription nationally in 2016 was about 65 percent, meaning that two-thirds of Americans prescribed opioid drugs were prescribed more than they needed. In Texas, that rate was 58 percent overall.

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