5 key points on opioid prescribing patterns among physicians

Physicians who underwent training from lowly ranked U.S. medical schools write more opioid prescriptions than physicians with training from highly ranked schools, News-Medical Life Sciences reported.

Here are five points:

1. General practitioners with training from Boston-based Harvard University wrote an average of 180.2 opioid prescriptions annually.

2. Comparatively, those from second- to fifth-ranked schools wrote 233 opioid prescriptions each year, on average.

3. If general practitioners went to one of the seventh lowest ranked medical schools, they wrote an average of 500 opioid prescriptions annually.

4. The researchers found if general practitioners from lowly ranked schools prescribed in the same manner as those from highly ranked schools, there were 56.5 percent fewer opioid prescriptions.

5. Having equivalent prescribing¬ patterns would also lead to 8.5 fewer overdose deaths.

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