The first large study of surgical opioid prescribing and patient usage shows the potential for reduced amounts and the importance of safe disposal of unused pills.
A new drug policy was meant to curb unnecessary opioid prescriptions. Instead, a new study finds, prescriptions after surgery went up.
Many Americans over 50 favor limits on painkiller prescribing, and those who receive prescriptions need more counseling about risks and safe disposal options.
Guidelines developed from gallbladder patient data and interviews form the basis of a new effort to right-size opioid prescribing for many operations.
Ketamine is used increasingly during surgery to reduce pain during recovery. A recent study questioned the efficacy of this common practice.