November 26, 2018 | Number of The Day
Opioid prescriptions dispensed through October this year in NJ

The war against opioid addiction in New Jersey goes on apace, with a big emphasis on the need to reduce prescribing of the drugs. That seems to be happening.

The number of opioid prescriptions dispensed in the Garden State between January 1 and October 31 this year was 3,604,686. If the rate of prescription holds steady for the last two months of the year, that should bring total opioid prescriptions for 2018 well below 2017 dispensations (4,867,130). The numbers come from NJCares, a “dashboard of opioid-related data” for the state.

Here are the opioid prescription totals for 2013-2107, the years for which data are available on NJCares: 2016 — 5,252,333 prescriptions dispensed; 2015 — 5,640,864; 2014 —5,346,517; and 2013 — 5,256,462.