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Editor's Correspondence
Aug 13/27, 2012

Long-term Analgesic Use: Sometimes Less Is Not More

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliations: Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine, University of Washington, Harborview Medical Center, Seattle.

Arch Intern Med. 2012;172(15):1189-1190. doi:10.1001/archinternmed.2012.2085

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)