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New report shows county by county opioid prescription numbers in Missouri

The Centers for Disease Control released 2010 and 2015 numbers for a county by county report on opioid prescriptions in Missouri. (MGN Online)

The Centers for Disease Control released 2010 and 2015 numbers for a county by county report on opioid prescriptions.

The CDC counted how many opioid prescriptions are filled within a county and how concentrated those prescriptions are to create a morphine milligram equivalent per capita. The numbers were from 2010 and 2015.

Cole and Boone County joined the St. Louis County Prescription Drug Monitoring Program.

  • Boone County's MME decreased from 379.9 in 2010 to 313.5 in 2015
  • Callaway County's MME went from 464.4 in 2010 to 297.7 in 2015
  • Camden County began with an MME of 1066.2 in 2010 and was 1025.7 in 2015
  • Osage County had an MME of 9.7 in 2010 and 209.8 in 2015
  • Cole County's MME was 1199.6 in 2010 and 784.2 in 2010

The Public Health Director for the Cole County Health Department said it's important not to compare counties because of different demographics.

"As far as Cole County goes, we're probably going to be hit with a higher number of prescriptions because we have more doctors than the surrounding counties and we have two hospitals here in town. Osage County doesn't have very many physicians and they don't have a hospital so when comparing Cole to other counties it's more important to compare us to like counties, not just the surrounding ones. The demographics tend to be very different," Kristi Campbell with the Cole County Health Department said.

President Trump's White House panel on the opioid crisis asked him to declare a national emergency to deal with the opioid epidemic on Monday.

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