Opioids are commonly prescribed for acute pain, yet most pills remain unused and undisposed.1 Current disposal options are limited to US Drug Enforcement Administration–authorized opioid collectors, including law enforcement agencies, pharmacies, and organized pill-drop events; however, many patients remain unaware of them.2,3 We examined the effect of an activated charcoal bag that allows for in-home opioid disposal on the probability of disposal after a surgical procedure, compared with usual care or educational materials detailing disposal resources.
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Brummett CM, Steiger R, Englesbe M, et al. Effect of an Activated Charcoal Bag on Disposal of Unused Opioids After an Outpatient Surgical Procedure: A Randomized Clinical Trial. JAMA Surg. Published online March 27, 2019154(6):558–561. doi:10.1001/jamasurg.2019.0155
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