Risk of Long-Term Opioid Use Can be Cut by Giving Patients Just One Prescription

A new study concludes the risk of long-term opioid use can be reduced by starting patients off with a single prescription of a short-acting opioid, with no refills.

Researchers at Oregon Health and Science University found the odds of becoming a long-term opioid user was 2.25 higher among patients who received two opioid prescriptions, compared to one, MD Magazine reports. Long-acting opioids, and higher doses of the drugs, were linked with a higher risk of long-term opioid use.

Full story of cutting long term opioid use by one prescription at drugfree.org

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Will Savage

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