Opioid prescriptions dropped but remain high, CDC says

( CNN) Opioids continue to be prescribed at high rates, a brand-new report from the US Middle for Disease Control and Prevention ascertains, even as treat overdoses remain the leading cause of incidental death in the country, killing more people than firearms or car accidents.

The report perceived that opioid drugs overall reduced 18% from 2010 to 2015. However, the number of drugs in 2015 was three times higher than in 1999 and four times higher than opioid prescription rates in Europe.

“The bottom line is, we still have too many parties getting too many opioid drugs for too many periods at too high a dosage, ” said acting CDC Director Dr. Anne Schuchat.