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Opioid medication discontinuation and risk of adverse opioid-related health care events.

Mark TL, Parish W. Opioid medication discontinuation and risk of adverse opioid-related health care events. J Subst Abuse Treat. 2019;103:58-63. doi:10.1016/j.jsat.2019.05.001.

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June 12, 2019
Mark TL, Parish W. J Subst Abuse Treat. 2019;103:58-63.

In this retrospective analysis of Medicaid claims, researchers found that opioid medications are often discontinued abruptly, presumably for safety reasons. Nearly half of patients who had opioids suddenly discontinued or with short tapering lengths experienced an opioid-related emergency department visit and hospitalization, suggesting an unintended consequence of reducing opioid use.

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Mark TL, Parish W. Opioid medication discontinuation and risk of adverse opioid-related health care events. J Subst Abuse Treat. 2019;103:58-63. doi:10.1016/j.jsat.2019.05.001.