National Variation in Opioid Prescription Fills and Long Term Use in Opioid Naïve Patients After Urological Surgery


Post-operative care is often patients’ first exposure to opioids, but little data exists on national prescription patterns in urology-specific surgeries. In light of a growing opioid epidemic in the United States, such information could be a crucial piece to policies aimed at counteracting opioid-prompted addiction and mortality. Led by a team including PISC Senior Scholar M. Kit Delgado, this study patients in a private national insurance database in order to conclude that out of the 51% who filled an initial opioid prescription, persistent use occurred in 6.2% and chronic use occurred in 0.8%. Additionally, patients who filled a larger amounts of opioids after certain major and minor urological procedures were at an increased risk of long term opioid use. 


Go to Article

Back to News



Share on Facebook
Share on Twitter
Please reload

  • Twitter Social Icon
  • YouTube Social  Icon