Alabama's 4th Congressional District Ranks Highest in Opioid Prescriptions


A recent study by Harvard’s Chan School of Public Health discovered that Alabama’s 4th Congressional District is ranked highest in the country for opioid prescriptions. The study pulled prescription data from 2016 along with population information from the 2010 census to pinpoint which areas have the highest prescription rates for fentanyl, hydrocodone, morphine, and other opioids.

The 2016 data shows that for every 100 patients, 166 opioid prescriptions were written. Alabama’s 4th Congressional District includes the following counties. Etowah, Colbert, Cullman, Marshall, Dekalb, Fayette, Franklin, Lamar, Lawrence, Marion, Walker, and Winston, plus parts of Tuscaloosa, Jackson, and Cherokee counties.

Alabama’s District 4 Congressman Robert Aderholt released a statement responding to the results of the study. “It is deeply saddening to learn that the 4th Congressional District has such a high opioid prescription rate... In the FY18 funding bill signed into law in March, Congress included $4 billion to directly combat the opioid crisis. This is the largest amount of money ever to address prevention, treatment, and enforcement issues. I will continue to work to make sure that state and local governments and organizations have the resources they need to win this war.”

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