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Most US patients continue to be prescribed opioids after overdose

BMJ 2016; 352 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h7010 (Published 04 January 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;352:h7010
  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. 1London

More than 90% of US patients who survive an overdose of prescribed opioids continue to be prescribed opioids, usually by the same prescriber, shows a retrospective cohort study published in Annals of Internal Medicine.1

The researchers used a commercial insurance database with data on 50 million people to identify 2848 patients who had a non-fatal overdose while taking opioids prescribed for chronic pain between 2000 and …

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