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Length of Opioid Prescription, Number of Refills Spell Highest Risk for Misuse After Surgery

Source: Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
With opioid overdoses now a leading cause of nonintentional death in the United States, data show most of these deaths can be traced back to an initial prescription opioid. A new study led by investigators at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) and Harvard Medical School (HMS) sheds light on the possible link between physicians' opioid prescription patterns and subsequent abuse.
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