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.
Opioids generally work well for acute pain, but for longer periods, the indications and benefits become 'murky.'
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Adult dental patients are frequently overprescribed opioids, with about half of prescribed opioids exceeding the recommended three-day supply.
Since patients with chronic diseases are often prescribed opioids, researchers sought to examine the association between opioid-related hospitalization and patients with chronic disease. Since patients with chronic diseases are often prescribed opioids, researchers sought to examine the association between opioid-related hospitalization and patients with chronic disease.
Abuse-deterrent opioid formulations may not be the most effective solution to the opioid crisis, according to an editorial published in the New England Journal of Medicine.
Patients with non-cancer back or neck pain who use vs do not use tobacco may be more likely to be concurrently prescribed opioid analgesics with muscle relaxants and/or benzodiazepines.
Patients undergoing thyroid and parathyroid surgery may require few to no opioid medications postoperatively.
"Exercise-based motivational interviewing was associated with sustained clinical benefits 6 months after completion of therapy, but only for those who were not taking opioids."
Patients taking opioid analgesics for chronic noncancer pain may have a risk for unemployment 3-fold higher compared with individuals not taking opioids.
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Naloxone prescribing has increased but is still very low among patients at risk for opioid overdose.