The rising number of patients dependent on prescription opioids and illicit narcotics has gained national attention recently.1- 4 Widely referred to as the “opioid epidemic,” the annual cost of treating prescription opioid use and abuse exceeds $50 billion per year.2 The initial event associated with exposure to prescription opioids has not been widely explored, but is often maintained to stem from an injury or surgical procedure.1- 4 We sought to evaluate the medical diagnoses linked with an opioid prescription that resulted in sustained opioid use in a large cohort of Americans insured through TRICARE. This population may be comparable to the proportion of the general public at greatest risk of sustained opioid use.5
Schoenfeld AJ, Jiang W, Chaudhary MA, Scully RE, Koehlmoos T, Haider AH. Sustained Prescription Opioid Use Among Previously Opioid-Naive Patients Insured Through TRICARE (2006-2014). JAMA Surg. Published online August 16, 2017. doi:10.1001/jamasurg.2017.2628
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