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Continued use low 3 months after ED opioid prescription for acute pain

from HealthDay via Medical Xpress

Opioid use at three months after an emergency department visit where opioids were prescribed for acute pain is relatively low and not necessarily tied to opioid misuse, according to a study published in the August issue of Academic Emergency Medicine. The researchers found that 47 patients (9%) reported they had consumed opioids in the previous two weeks. Of those patients, 34 (72%) reported continued use for their initial pain, nine patients (19%) reported continued use for new unrelated pain, and four (9%) reported continued use for another reason. more

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