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Opioid prescription trends for migraine in youth in the ED

from Clinical Pain Advisor

The use of opioids in emergency departments for the management of migraine pain in adolescents and young adults was found to be common and to be associated with biases, according to study results presented at the 61st Annual Scientific Meeting of the American Headache Society. In this study, data from the Cerner Health Facts for the 2010 to 2016 period were examined. A total of 14,494 unique ED encounters from 180 EDs were identified. Opioids were prescribed within 12 hours of ED admission in 23.1% of all encounters, and these medications were ordered as first-line treatment in 58% of cases. more

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