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Journal Article

Inappropriate opioid prescription after surgery.

Neuman MD, Bateman BT, Wunsch H. Lancet (London, England). 2019;393:1547-1557.

The overprescribing of opioids for postsurgery pain can increase the potential for opioid dependence, misuse, and harm. Discussing this worldwide patient safety concern, this commentary summarizes clinician, patient, and systemic factors that contribute to the problem and outlines efforts to address the issue while enabling clinicians to provide safe pain therapy to patients.