An analysis finds a “one size fits all” approach to prescribing opioids after surgery poses risks for addiction in certain patients.
The cannabis-derived substance provides fewer side effects, with less potential for abuse.
Effective pain control with equal short-term outcomes and patient satisfaction seen in patients who got non-opioid pain medication.
Study also shows certain patients have an even greater risk of overdose if they fill opioid prescriptions, and strengthens argument against use of opioids for most dental pain.
Comparison of opioid-sparing approach with standard care shows no difference in patient satisfaction, but less pain among those counseled to use opioids only as backup.