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ED opioid prescriptions linked to lower risk for long-term use

from Healio

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. more

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