From 1999 to 2016, opioid-related overdoses rose by 250% among children and adolescents.1 Acute pain after surgery or injury is the most frequent indication for pediatric opioid prescribing.2 However, prescribing is variable, and little is known regarding patient-reported opioid consumption and pain after pediatric operations to guide opioid prescribing.3,4
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Harbaugh CM, Vargas G, Streur CS, et al. Eliminating Unnecessary Opioid Exposure After Common Children’s Surgeries. JAMA Surg. Published online September 04, 2019. doi:10.1001/jamasurg.2019.2529
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