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Prescription Opioids Still A Problem In Nevada

Opioid related deaths dropped in Nevada in 2016 from the previous year, but hospitalizations and prescription rates increased.

That’s according to data from the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services, presented yesterday at an opioid action taskforce convened by Gov. Brian Sandoval.

The Las Vegas Review Journal reportsthat presenters at the meeting focused on the inaccessibility of data from hospitals, emergency medical services and law enforcement.

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In 2016, the statewide opioid prescription rate is 87.5 per 100 residents, compared with the national average of 66.5. Clark County had a prescription rate of 84.3 per 100 in 2016, but in neighboring Nye County, it was 155.6 – that’s more than one prescription per person.