Author Affiliations: Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine, University of Washington, Harborview Medical Center, Seattle.
We read with interest the article by Alam et al.1 The investigators reported that the risk of long-term opioid use is greatly increased when prescribed in the first 7 days following a low-pain short-stay surgical procedure and suggest that “long-term postoperative analgesic use may best be addressed by preventing its initiation.”1(p428)
Krishnamoorthy V, Bhalla P. Long-term Analgesic Use: Sometimes Less Is Not More. Arch Intern Med. 2012;172(15):1189-1190. doi:10.1001/archinternmed.2012.2085