As of January 2019, The Department of Public Health issued an alert regarding the abuse of opioid-based prescriptions. Since 2010, the number of opioid-related drug overdoses has increased significantly. The Department of Public Health suggested some of the most significant ways to avoid opioid abuse it to change the way opioids are prescribed to patients. For example, the current* method is having medical care professionals be able to prescribe prescriptions to the patient, but the new method would be having permission from both the medical care professional and the pharmacist in order for them to prescribe the medication. Overall, this method is heavily backed by many people saying that this can lower the number of people using opioids and can overall lower the number of people that will be addicted to opioids.
The graphics on the left shows the most common opioid medications that are used within Orange County.
The Opioid Problem in Orange County