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.
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