Opioid Treatment Prescriptions Quadruple In South Dakota Last Five Years

(Pierre, SD) — New data is revealing the number of patients prescribed an opioid dependency medication has nearly quadrupled in South Dakota over the last five years. Melissa DeNoon, director of the state’s prescription drug monitoring program, presented the numbers to the South Dakota Board of Pharmacy last Friday, saying the increase in prescriptions shows a greater focus on opioid treatment in the state. The number of South Dakota patients actively prescribed buprenorphine, a synthetic opioid that lessens withdrawal symptoms and cravings for opioids, increased from just over 500 prescriptions in January 2018 to more than 25-hundred in April of this year. Over one-hundred-thousand prescriptions have been written for South Dakota patients in the five-year period.

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