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The Opioid Epidemic

Upp, L. A., Waljee, J. F. Published online April 2020. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cps.2019.12.005

 

•Opioid-related morbidity and mortality have dramatically increased in the United States over the last several decades.

•Opioid prescribing after surgery has often been in excess, in part owing to the absence of clear prescribing guidelines based on patient-reported pain and opioid-related outcomes.

•Disposal of excess pills after surgery remains low, and unused opioid pills are an important contributor to the opioid epidemic owing to diversion and misuse.



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