USC Price School of Public Policy

Where patients get prescription opioids: It’s not where you might think

January 17, 2018

Legislatures and hospitals around the country have tightened emergency room prescribing guidelines for opioids to curb the addiction epidemic, but a new USC study shows that approach diverts attention from the main sources of prescription painkillers. Overall opioid prescribing skyrocketed 471 percent from 1996 to 2012, according to the study by USC Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics and the Keck School of Medicine of USC. Price School alumna Sarah Axeen PhD ’16, an assistant professor at Keck, led the study.

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