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More opioids given than prescribed in emergency department

from HealthDay News via Physician's Weekly

The rate of emergency department visits with opioids only given during the visit is higher than the rate for visits with opioids only prescribed at discharge and for visits with opioids given and prescribed, according to a data brief published by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention National Center for Health Statistics. Researchers found that in 2016, opioids were only given during emergency department visits, were only prescribed at discharge, and were given during the visit and at discharge for 53.4, 38.4, and 35.4 visits per 1,000 adults, respectively. more

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