ED opioid prescriptions linked to lower risk for long-term use
Patients in the ED were more likely to be prescribed opioids in accordance with current CDC guidelines and less likely to progress to long-term use than those prescribed opioids in other clinical settings, according to findings published in Annals of Emergency Medicine. “Because of a four-fold increase in opioid prescriptions since 1999, long-term opioid use has become major public health issues in the United States,” Molly M. Jeffery, PhD, from the division of emergency medicine research at Mayo Clinic, and colleagues wrote.
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