Opioid pain medications are frequently used to treat acute and chronic pain and have had a major increase in use over the last 2 decades, particularly for noncancer pain. In 2017, there were 58 opioid prescriptions written for every 100 people in the United States. An estimated 17% of the US population has had at least 1 opioid prescription filled, although there is some uncertainty about this estimate because of illicit and nonprescription use.1
Rao VL, Micic D, Davis AM. Medical Management of Opioid-Induced Constipation. JAMA. Published online November 04, 2019. doi:https://doi.org/10.1001/jama.2019.15852
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