Live In Hawaii, And Odds Are You'll Need Fewer Prescription Meds

Live In Hawaii, And Odds Are You'll Need Fewer Prescription Meds

People in Hawaii appear to be much less likely to overuse problematic prescription drugs, including opioid pain medications and antibiotics, than people in the mainland United States. Medicare beneficiaries in Hawaii used fewer opioid pain medications, fewer antibiotics, fewer antipsychotic drugs and fewer drugs labeled as risky for seniors on average than patients in any other state in 2015, according to a ProPublica analysis of data from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Medicare's prescription program covers more than 42 million seniors and disabled people and pays for more than one in every four prescriptions in the U.S. These...

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