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Association of Caregiver-reported education with locked storage and disposal of Prescription opioids after Children’s surgery

  • 60.4% of caregivers reported storage education despite only 18.3% keeping the opioids in locked storage. Caregivers who reported verbal and/or written storage education were more likely to lock opioids in storage
  • Of the 606 caregivers surveyed, 451 (74%) had leftover opioids. Of the 451, only half (50.1%) reported disposal education and a quarter (24.6%) disposed of the excess opioids. 
  • There was no association between leftover opioid disposal and verbal and/or written disposal education.


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Sloss KR, Vargas G, Brummett CM, et al. Association of caregiver-reported education with locked storage and disposal of prescription opioids after children's surgery. Journal of Pediatric Surgery. 2020 Nov;55(11):2442-2447. DOI: 10.1016/j.jpedsurg.2020.04.022. PMID: 32507640.