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Journal Article

Access to prescription opioids—Primum Non Nocere: a teachable moment.

Tyler PD, Larochelle MR, Mafi JN. JAMA internal medicine. 2016;176:1251-2.

Insufficient medication counseling and suboptimal prescribing practices contribute to misuse of opioids among patients. Describing a patient who became addicted to prescription opioids as a teenager after finding the medication at home, this commentary illustrates how current prescribing guidelines can address the opioid epidemic in the United States.