Though non-opioid painkillers can be just as effective, patients having dental procedures just before weekends and holidays are more likely to fill prescriptions for opioids.
A new study of tooth extraction patients shows no benefit to opioids over other painkillers, either in pain control or patient satisfaction.
Despite naloxone recommendations for people who take high-dose opioids, or who have a history of opioid problems, study finds those at risk aren’t getting the overdose rescue drug.
Patients used fewer opioid tablets when surgeons cut back prescriptions, but there is more work to be done on safe medication disposal.
Michigan-wide effort cut prescription size by nearly a third without increasing patients’ pain or decreasing their satisfaction
Examination of post-birth pain care patterns over time finds declines in opioid prescribing, but opportunities for more non-opioid-based care.