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Association of State Opioid Duration Limits with Postoperative Opioid Prescribing

  • In Massachusetts, the implementation of 7-day limits on initial opioid prescriptions for acute pain was associated with a decrease in prescription size of 38 OMEs and additional reduction of 1.5 OMEs per month.
  • The implementation was also associated with an average decrease of 0.4 days supplied and the proportion of prescriptions exceeding a 7-day supply (−5.9 percentage points).
  • Limit implementation in Connecticut was not associated with changes in prescription sizes suggesting that opioid duration limits have variable association with postoperative opioid prescribing.

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Agarwal S, Bryan JD, Hu HM, et al. Association of State Opioid Duration Limits With Postoperative Opioid Prescribing. JAMA Netw Open. 2019;2(12):e1918361. Published 2019 Dec 2. doi:10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2019.18361