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Invited Commentary
October 2017

Opioid Use in Trauma: Combating the “Opidemic” Through Thoughtful Prescribing Practices

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Surgery, University of Utah, Salt Lake City
JAMA Surg. 2017;152(10):937. doi:10.1001/jamasurg.2017.1662

The use of opioids for moderate to severe pain following acute traumatic injury may be appropriate based on individual pain scores. But are other practices, including quantities prescribed and plans for follow-up, appropriate as well? Based on the data available to Chaudhary et al,1 we do not have clear answers to these questions, which would allow better understanding of appropriate opioid prescribing practices for trauma patients.

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