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6.5 Percent of Adults Report Prescription Opioid Analgesic Use

Percentage using prescription opioid analgesic increased with age; use up for women versus men
Individuals with chronic pain who use daily cannabis have lower odds of using illicit opioids

Daily Cannabis Use Tied to Lower Illicit Opioid Use for Chronic Pain

Findings based on longitudinal study in Canada of people who use drugs and report chronic pain
Postpartum opioid prescription rates vary widely among hospitals

Postpartum Opioid Prescription Rates Vary Widely by Hospital

However, providers within the same hospital tend to follow similar prescription patterns
In an expert panel consensus

Dermatologists Issue Consensus Guideline for Opioid Prescribing

For most uncomplicated procedures, postop pain can be managed with acetaminophen and/or ibuprofen
Prescription opioid use among teens and young adults is higher than expected

~25 Percent of Adolescents, Young Adults Use Rx Opioids

Focus of prevention should include close friends and family members of teens and young adults
Opioids offer minor pain relief and functional benefits in patients with osteoarthritis

ACR: Opioids Offer Only Minor Pain Relief in Osteoarthritis

Opioids have no impact on QoL or depression; smaller benefits seen for pain for strong versus weak opioids
From 2015 to 2017

Increase Seen in Opioid-, Synthetic Opioid-Involved OD Deaths

From 2015 to 2017, number of opioid-involved overdose deaths increased for nearly all racial/ethnic groups
Patients undergoing corneal surgery and receiving fewer opioid tablets still have adequate pain control

Pain Control Adequate With Fewer Opioids After Corneal Surgery

After assessment of postoperative opioid use, patients receive fewer opioid tablets but pain is controlled
One in five patients received opioid prescriptions for management of pain following cardiac implantable electronic device procedures

One in Five Receive Opioid Rx After Cardiac Implant Procedure

80 percent had never taken opioids before, but nearly one in 10 sought a refill
Patients who initially see a physical therapist or chiropractor for low back pain rather than a primary care physician are much less likely to be prescribed opioids

Early Access to Chiropractors, PTs Tied to Decreased Long-Term Opioid Use

Odds of short- or long-term opioid use higher for initial visits with physicians for low back pain