A randomized trial shows that providing patients with special disposal bags doubled the odds they would safely dump their leftover opioid pain medicine.
Post Operative and Recovery
Study: Long-term opioid use by one or more family members was associated to persistent opioid use by adolescents prescribed opioids after common surgical and dental procedures.
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.
Guidelines developed from gallbladder patient data and interviews form the basis of a new effort to right-size opioid prescribing for many operations.
Post-surgery pain medication can ease recovery — but it can also lead to long-term problems. A new, free tool based on actual patient use can help.