April 8th, 2011

Podcast 118: Opioid prescribing patterns and accidental overdoses

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Two authors of a JAMA study published earlier this week discuss how prescribing patterns for opioids figured in the rates of unintentional overdose. The work was done using data from Veterans Administration records. Briefly, they found that the risk for overdose was directly related to the maximal dose prescribed, however, patients who received only “as needed” prescriptions as opposed to regular daily amounts were at higher risk for overdose.

The findings have some lessons for all clinicians. Listen in to our 10-minute Clinical Conversation.

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