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Even A Small Over-Prescription Of Opioids Increases Risk Of Abuse
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17 May 2017 05:49 PM EST


Research from the University of Pennsylvania shows that over-prescribing of even small amounts of opioids for minor injuries can increase risk of long-term use. Researchers point to the significant variation in opioid prescribing habits by doctors for minor injuries such as sprained ankles as a major contributor to the current opioid epidemic in the United States. The new study showed that patients who receive 30 or more opioid pills compared to less than 15 pills were twice as likely to fill an additional opioid prescription within three to six months.

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