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National patterns of codeine prescriptions for children in the emergency department.

Kaiser S, Asteria-Penaloza R, Vittinghoff E, et al. Pediatrics. 2014;133:e1139-47.

Codeine is considered a high-risk medication in children due to variability in its metabolization. Despite recommendations against its use, this analysis of national data over a 10-year period found only a slight decrease in codeine prescriptions for children seen in the emergency department.