Prescribing fewer opioid pills after surgery and providing opioid use education before surgery may reduce postoperative opioid consumption.
An interdisciplinary work group has developed new guidelines for inpatient pain management that was perceived as helpful by clinicians.
A prior authorization policy for extended-release/long-acting opioids may help reduce the number of opioid-naive patients who initiate extended-release/long-acting opioid use but may also increase the rate of short-acting opioid prescriptions.
Concurrent benzodiazepine and opioid use increased by 80% between 2001 and 2013 in the United States and significantly contributes to the overall population risk of opioid overdose.
Adolescents with anxiety, mood, neurodevelopmental, sleep, and nonopioid substance use disorders and most mental health treatments were significantly more likely to receive opioids.
The guideline formulated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in an effort to curb opioid overdose-related deaths included a recommendation for steep reductions in opioid doses for patients taking high doses of the drug for chronic pain.
This study provides evidence to explain activation of peripheral opioid receptors by inflammation.
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New data suggests a decline in emergency room opioid prescribing rates.
A significant percentage of patients who undergo plastic and reconstructive surgery have persistent or prolonged opioid use.
Non-medical use of prescription opioid medications is a significant risk factor for heroin use among United States veterans.