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In This Issue of JAMA Otolaryngology
December 2018


JAMA Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2018;144(12):1087. doi:10.1001/jamaoto.2017.1986

In this retrospective cohort study, Shindo et al examine the opioid prescribing practices and opioid needs for 1788 opioid-naive patients undergoing thyroid and parathyroid surgery. The authors found that patients undergoing thyroid and parathyroid surgery needed little, if any, postoperative opioids. They conclude that decreasing the volume of opioid medication prescribed at discharge will decrease waste and reduce potential for addiction. Stack and Lide provide an Invited Commentary.