Opioids are a cornerstone in the management of severe acute pain. Amid a national overdose crisis, however, opioid prescriptions for children, adolescents, and young adults have steadily decreased.1 This decrease is likely attributable to the emerging understanding that 5% to 7% of adolescents and young adults prescribed an opioid will subsequently develop long-term opioid use or an opioid use disorder2,3 and that prescription opioids, particularly when misused or combined with other sedatives, can precipitate overdose.4 Sorely missing from the existing literature on opioids and youths, however, is information on which opioids and prescribing patterns contribute to overdose.
Identify all potential conflicts of interest that might be relevant to your comment.
Conflicts of interest comprise financial interests, activities, and relationships within the past 3 years including but not limited to employment, affiliation, grants or funding, consultancies, honoraria or payment, speaker's bureaus, stock ownership or options, expert testimony, royalties, donation of medical equipment, or patents planned, pending, or issued.
Err on the side of full disclosure.
If you have no conflicts of interest, check "No potential conflicts of interest" in the box below. The information will be posted with your response.
Not all submitted comments are published. Please see our commenting policy for details.
Hadland SE, Bagley SM. Opioid Prescribing Patterns and Subsequent Overdose. JAMA Pediatr. 2020;174(2):124–125. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2019.4885
Monkeypox Resource Center
Customize your JAMA Network experience by selecting one or more topics from the list below.