Journal Article

Opioid prescribing and adverse events in opioid-naive patients treated by emergency physicians versus family physicians: a population-based cohort study.

Borgundvaag B; McLeod S; Khuu W; Varner C; Tadrous M; Gomes T.

High-risk prescribing practices by clinicians can contribute to opioid misuse. This Canadian study found that patients who received new opioid prescriptions in the emergency department were prescribed higher doses and were more likely to have subsequent opioid complications compared to patients who received new opioid prescriptions from family physicians. The authors did not adjust for disease severity, which may account for prescribing differences.