Optimal opioid prescription durations following surgical procedures were shown to vary from 4 to 15 days, depending on the type of surgical procedure.
Opioids prescriptions to opioid-naive patients in the ED setting were shown to be more in line with the CDC recommendations and less likely to lead to long-term opioid use compared with non-ED prescriptions.
While opioid abuse among young adults had decreased, abuse rates in adults 50 years and older has doubled, from 1.1 to 2.0%.
Strategies are being implemented to reduce opioid overdoses and deaths in Maryland.
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