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AHRQ Stats: Use of Morphine To Treat Pain

Overall in 2015-2016, non-elderly U.S. adults obtained an annual average of 376 milligram morphine equivalents (MMEs), and elderly adults obtained an annual average of 774 MMEs of outpatient prescription opioids to treat chronic and acute pain. (Source: AHRQ, Medical Expenditure Panel Survey Research Findings #45: Average Annual Morphine Milligram Equivalents (MMEs) of Outpatient Prescription Opioids and Share of Total MMEs among Elderly and Non-Elderly Adults in 2015–2016.)

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