Rates of Opioid Prescriptions Obtained after Mohs Surgery


In the past, physicians have been advised to limit opioid prescriptions to reduce opioid addiction throughout the United States. A recent study featuring PISC Postdoctoral Fellow Austin Kilaru, MD, evaluates the effectiveness of this guideline through analysis of opioid prescription frequency after Mohs micrographic surgery. Data was drawn from the Optum Clinformatics DataMart from 2009 to 2020. Results indicated that, from 2009 to 2011, the proportion of patients who obtained an opioid prescription after Mohs micrographic surgery increased by 5%. However, a steady decline in opioid prescriptions was maintained from 2011 to 2021, resulting in a 27.9% decrease. By 2020, tramadol prescriptions increased significantly, while hydrocodone prescriptions declined. Overall, data indicates an effort to curb the opioid epidemic by physicians by reducing opioid prescriptions.


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