Opioid prescription rate unacceptable

American Press - Opioid addiction in Louisiana continues to be a major problem, even though the prescribing rate for the drug by the end of 2016 had declined almost 11 percent since 2007.  Only four other states had a higher prescription rate than Louisiana's 98.1 opioid prescriptions distributed per 100 people in 2016.

The national rate is 66.5 per 100 people. The four states with higher rates than Louisiana are Alabama, Arkansas, Mississippi and Tennessee.

Numerous efforts are underway to combat the opioid epidemic, and indications are they are working. Those efforts include prescription limits for Medicaid patients and increasing use of naloxone, an antidote medication that can reverse the effects of opioids.