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Controlled Substance Usage

Rhode Island Numbers

  • In October 2014 - Hydrocodone containing products moved from Schedule III to Schedule II.
  • While the number of prescriptions for stimulants continues to rise, there is a downward trend in the number of prescriptions for pain at the beginning of 2014.
  • Rhode Island ranks 4th in the United States for benzodiazepine use per capita.more

    • The number of individuals who were dispensed Schedule 2,3 drugs from more than 4 prescribers and more than 4 phamacies in a year doubled from 2004 to 2013. While the numbers have dropped a bit from 2011 there are still close to 1000 people a year who exhibit this abusive behavior.
    • We believe that increased utilization of the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program by doctors and pharmacists will sharpen the downward trend.

    • Buprenorphine is used as part of Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) for patients who suffer from the chronic disease of addiction or opioid dependence.
    • The number of prescribed opiods, except buprenorphine, has remained stable since 2013.
    • The number of buprenorphine doses dispensed has increased since 2013, as has awareness of Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) for patients who suffer from the chronic disease of addiction or those with opioid dependence.