National Variation in Opioid Prescribing and Risk of Prolonged Use for Opioid-Naive Patients Treated



In light of the nation's growing opioid epidemic, PISC Advisory Board member Daniel Polsky and PISC Senior Scholars Mucio "Kit" Delgado and Zachary F. Meisel have examined the prevalence of opioid prescriptions for emergency department visits regarding ankle sprains. Their findings included the fact that opioid prescriptions for such visits were common and highly variable across the nation and that prescriptions greater than 225 MME were associated with higher rates of prolonged opioid use, both of which are important issues to consider in context of opioid policies.

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