The top 5% of prescribers account for half of opioid prescriptions and high risk prescriptions to children and young adults.
Drug Abuse and Misuse
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.
Policy shift could improve access to buprenorphine for opioid use disorder, but stigma and training still pose significant challenge.
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.
Minority experience worsening of symptoms over time, especially younger people.