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Human Studies

2019 Aug 01

JAMA Pediatr



Effect of Drug Disposal Bag Provision on Proper Disposal of Unused Opioids by Families of Pediatric Surgical Patients: A Randomized Clinical Trial.


Lawrence AE, Carsel AJ, Leonhart KL, Richards HW, Harbaugh CM, Waljee JF, McLeod DJ, Walz PC, Minneci PC, Deans KJ, Cooper JN
JAMA Pediatr. 2019 Aug 01; 173(8):e191695.
PMID: 31233129.


Although opioids are an important component of pain management for children recovering from surgery, postoperative opioid prescribing has contributed to the current opioid crisis in the United States because these medications are often prescribed in excess and are rarely properly disposed. One potential strategy to combat opioid misuse is to remove excess postoperative opioids from circulation by providing patients with drug disposal products that enable safe disposal of opioids in the home garbage.