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A new report shows chronic pain patients living in Ohio are still receiving large doses of opioid painkillers, even as overdose deaths soar to record highs.
Officials with the Office of Inspector General for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released data Tuesday showing medications like Vicodin and Oxycodone are still being prescribed at a high rate across the state to Medicaid beneficiaries. Between June 2016 and May 2017, roughly 5,000 patients on Medicaid, excluding those receiving addiction treatment or in hospice care, received opioid scripts at dosage levels that put them at physical risk, reports the Dayton Daily News.
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“Among those receiving high amounts, more than 700 beneficiaries are at serious risk of prescription opioid misuse or overdose,” officials said in the report, according to the Dayton Daily News. “Some received extreme amounts of opioids, while others appeared to be doctor shopping....
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