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

Scully RE, Schoenfeld AJ, Jiang W, et al. Defining Optimal Length of Opioid Pain Medication Prescription After Common Surgical Procedures. JAMA Surg. 2018;153(1):37-43. doi:10.1001/jamasurg.2017.3132.

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October 18, 2017
Scully RE, Schoenfeld AJ, Jiang W, et al. JAMA Surg. 2018;153(1):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.

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Scully RE, Schoenfeld AJ, Jiang W, et al. Defining Optimal Length of Opioid Pain Medication Prescription After Common Surgical Procedures. JAMA Surg. 2018;153(1):37-43. doi:10.1001/jamasurg.2017.3132.