Likelihood That An Opioid-Naive Patient Will Become A Chronic Opioid User May Increase Sharply After Just Five Days Of Use, Study Suggests

MedPage Today (3/16, Walker) reports that research indicated the likelihood “that an opioid-naive patient would become a chronic opioid user increased sharply after as little as 5 days of use.” Additionally, researchers found that “a second opioid prescription or refill and a cumulative dose of 700 morphine-milligram equivalents also led to the sharpest increases in probability of continued opioid use among commercially insured, opioid-naive, cancer-free adults.” The findings were published in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

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— “Longer Initial Opioid Prescription Ups Risk of Chronic Use,”Molly Walker, MedPage Today, March 16, 2017.

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