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Journal Article

Defining optimal length of opioid pain medication prescription after common surgical procedures.

Scully RE, Schoenfeld AJ, Jiang W, et al. JAMA surgery. 2018;153:37-43.

This retrospective observational study found that the median duration of opioid prescription after routine surgical procedures ranged from 4–15 days overall. A significant proportion of these prescriptions were refilled, highlighting the risk of chronic use following the acute pain setting.