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Bailey Jones

"70.5 prescriptions per 100 people"??? This seems crazy to me. What am I missing here? (Besides an opioid prescription.)

Mary Lofaro

So 99% of people in 2008 got a prescription of some kind? That doesn't seem right.

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John Wayne Ferguson

Hi Mary, the statistic is the rate per 100 people. So in any group of 100 people in 2008, you would statistically find 99 prescriptions.

It is possible for a single person with multiple prescriptions to be reflected in those statistics.

Raymond Lewis

That still seems high. Is this all prescriptions or only opiods? Also is this the number of prescriptions or the number of pills prescribed?

Bailey Jones

I can't make the numbers add up. In one Virginia study I found, only 11% of patients received a prescription for opioids - that seems like a reasonable number. 1% of patients used opioids for chronic conditions. That would seem to imply a huge illegal prescription trade. Maybe the GCDN will do some investigative reporting into the opioid crisis in the county.

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