Between 1997 and 2012, the rate of hospitalization due to opioid poisonings nearly doubled in US children and adolescents.1 Opioid use early in life is associated with a higher likelihood of opioid misuse in the future.2 Although recent reports suggest a deceleration and potentially a decrease in opioid prescribing in the overall population,3 little is known about contemporary opioid prescribing trends specifically in children and adolescents.
Gagne JJ, He M, Bateman BT. Trends in Opioid Prescription in Children and Adolescents in a Commercially Insured Population in the United States, 2004-2017. JAMA Pediatr. Published online November 12, 2018. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2018.3668
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