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From 2004 to 2017

AAOS: Opioid Prescribing Down for Minor Ortho Injuries in Youth

However, 54.3 percent of patients received at least one dose of opioid during ED or clinic visit
Large pharmacy chains

Large U.S. Pharmacy Chains Played Role in Opioid Crisis, Lawsuit Claims

Lawsuit charges chains sold millions of pills in small communities, gave bonuses to pharmacists
Patients initiating hemodialysis often are prescribed opioids and short-acting benzodiazepines

Benzodiazepines, Codispensed Opioids Common in Hemodialysis

Risk for mortality increased for those receiving short-acting benzodiazepines alone or with opioids
Emergency department patients with nonfatal opioid or sedative/hypnotic drug overdose have exceptionally high risks for death in the following year

One-Year Mortality High Following ED Visit for Overdose

Mortality rates higher from unintentional overdose, suicide, and natural causes at one year
Opioid-related deaths in the cancer population are much rarer than in the general population

Opioid-Related Deaths Less Likely Among Cancer Patients

Mortality lower despite common opioid prescriptions for cancer-related pain
There are racial differences in pain management and pain outcomes for children seen in the emergency department for long-bone fractures

Racial Differences Found in Managing Children’s Pain From Broken Bones

Minority children less likely to receive opioids and optimal pain management versus white children
Few primary care physicians report interest in treating patients with opioid use disorder

Physicians Report Low Interest in Opioid Use Disorder Meds

Few PCPs report obtaining buprenorphine waiver orprescribing buprenorphine, naltrexone for OUD
People who receive additional treatment following medically managed opioid withdrawal have reduced mortality compared with those who do not receive treatment

Post-Detox Treatment Lowers Mortality in Opioid Use Disorder

Patients with opioid use disorder receiving treatment after inpatient care had increased one-year survival
From 2017 to 2018

2017 to 2018 Saw Drop in Overdose Death Rates Involving Opioids

But rates involving synthetic opioids increased
Among people who inject drugs

Opioid Withdrawal Symptoms May Up Health Risks in Drug Injectors

Opioid withdrawal symptoms linked to higher risk for receptive syringe sharing, nonfatal overdose