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Physicians and health care professionals are writing fewer opioid prescriptions and using state prescription drug monitoring programs (PDMPs) more than ever, indicates a new report issued by the American Medical Association (AMA). Specifically, the number of opioid prescriptions decreased by more than 55 million (a 22.2% decrease nationally) between 2013 and 2017, according to the AMA Opioid Task Force 2018 Progress Report, Physicians’ progress to reverse the nation’s opioid epidemic. The report also found that more than 1.5 million physicians and other health care professionals are registered in state-based PDMPs to date, and more than 300.4 million PDMP queries were made by physicians and health care professionals in 2017. States with and without mandates to use the PDMP saw significant increases, notes the AMA news release. Data on the use and registration of state PDMPs among physicians and other health care professionals can be found in AMA’s fact sheet.