In a National Press Foundation training session, Houry gave an overview of the demographics of the opioid issue, detailing state-by-state and in some cases county-by-county data on the use and overuse of the drugs. She also discussed recent CDC guidelines for proper opioid prescribing practices. The CDC also has a simplified checklist that doctors and their patients can review before prescribing opioids.
Other resources Houry pointed reporters to:
- State data from the CDC that show deaths and other trends from prescription drugs, heroin and non-pharmaceutical fentanyl.
- Data from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services that show opioid prescribing patterns to the state, county and ZIP code level.