Opioid prescriptions are down for the tenth consecutive year according to a new report from the American Medical Association. Minnesota Medical Association president-elect Randy Rice says due in part to a concerted effort on the part of doctors and…

“Minnesota along with a lot of other states has put in the drug monitoring programs that allow us, when we’re prescribing opiate medicines for patients, we can check to see who else is prescribing those that helps identify quite a bit of patients who are trying to use these inappropriately.”

Rice says Minnesota’s opioid prescription rate went down 6.5 percent from 2019 to 2020. Rice says unfortunately even with prescribing down, more Americans than ever are dying from drug-related overdoses.