Healthcare providers in Alabama,wrote almost three times more prescriptions for painkillers per person as those in the lowest prescribing state, Hawaii.
Most of the highest prescribing states were in the South according to a Vital Signs report.
The Northeast, especially Maine and New Hampshire, had the most prescriptions per person for long-acting/ extended-release painkillers and for high-dose painkillers.
State variation was the greatest for oxymorphone, among all prescription painkillers. Nearly 22 times as many prescriptions were written for oxymorphone in Tennessee as were written in Minnesota.
Source: Centers for Disease Control