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Less is More When it Comes to Prescription Opioids for Hospital Patients, Study Finds

Source: Yale School of Medicine
In a pilot study published in JAMA Internal Medicine, Yale researchers significantly reduced doses of opioid painkillers given to hospital patients. By delivering the opioids with a shot under the skin or with a pill instead of an IV, the research team found they could decrease patient exposure to the medications while also maintaining or improving pain relief, they said.
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Study with Implications for Opioid Crisis Finds Opioids Raise Risk of Fracture Nonunion

Source: Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center
Dr. Robert Zura, Professor and Chair of Orthopaedic Surgery at LSU Health New Orleans School of Medicine, was part of a research team reporting that not only may opioid use increase the risk of bone fractures, but opioids may also impair healing. The authors also question their effectiveness in controlling pain. Dr. Zura is a coauthor of the “Article in Press” available online in the journal, Injury.
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