Journal Article
Study

Hospital prescribing of opioids to Medicare beneficiaries.

Jena AB, Goldman D, Karaca-Mandic P. JAMA internal medicine. 2016;176:990-7.

Misuse of prescription opioids represents a serious patient safety issue. In this study, investigators examined opioid prescribing to Medicare beneficiaries upon hospital discharge. They found that new opioid use was common after discharge and that prescribing rates varied widely across hospitals.