Much has been debated about whether there is a link between opioid prescribing and the heroin epidemic. As the discussion evolves there are two developments to share.
The FDA last week announced what it’s calling “a far-reaching action plan to reassess the agency’s approach to opioid medications.” You can click on the link for more details.
The Health Collaborative has conducted an analysis of opioid claims in our 14-county region using the Center for Medicare and Medicaid’s interactive mapping tool that tracks prescriptions filled by government beneficiaries.
“Based on the data from CMS in the mapping tool, there were 906,487 total opioid claims in our 14 county region in 2013,” said Jason Bubenhofer, Manager of Business Intelligence at The Health Collaborative. “By comparison, we have approximately 880,000 households in that same 14-county region.”
Below are the most recent stats for our region:
- 906,487 total opioid claims in our 14 county region**
% of opioid claims (divided by total claims)
- National: 5.39%
- Ohio: 5.41%
- Kentucky: 5.74%
- Indiana: 6.36%
- Local 14-county region: 6.00% **
- Highest counties: Dearborn (7.39%), Butler (6.88%), and Kenton (6.74%)
- Lowest counties: Grant (2.80%), Campbell (4.85%), and Brown (4.93%)
- Hamilton County: 5.93%; slightly better than region average but higher than national and Ohio state averages
- Notable high individual zip codes:
- 45203 (West End in Cincinnati, OH in Hamilton Co): 43.75%
- 45118 (Fayetteville, OH in northern Brown Co): 41.18%
- 45225 (Camp Washington, OH area): 25.78%
- 41018 (Erlanger, KY in Boone & Kenton Co): 21.14%
- 45153 (Moscow, OH in southern Clermont Co): 17.82%
- 47031 (Milan, IN in Ripley Co): 16.29%
**Local 14 county region = Adams, Brown, Butler, Clermont, Clinton, Hamilton, Highland, and Warren Counties in OH; Dearborn and Ripley Counties in IN; and Boone, Campbell, Kenton, and Grant Counties in KY