For the 10th consecutive year, opioid prescribing has decreased–but more Americans than ever are dying from drug-related overdoses. That’s according to a report just out from the American Medical Association.

“I think a lot of it’s being driven especially by fentanyl and fentanyl analogs and methamphetamines and cocaine that are more obtained illicitly than through prescriptions.”

Minnesota Medical Association president-elect Randy Rice says Minnesota’s opioid prescription rate went down 6.5 percent from 2019 to 2020. And in the last decade, opioid prescribing decreased by 50.7 percent in Minnesota–but drug-related overdoses went up.