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2019 Aug

Acad Emerg Med



Opioid Use and Misuse Three Months After Emergency Department Visit for Acute Pain.


Daoust R, Paquet J, Gosselin S, Lavigne G, Cournoyer A, Piette E, Morris J, Castonguay V, Lessard J, Chauny J-M
Acad Emerg Med. 2019 Aug; 26(8):847-855.
PMID: 31317619.


Studies evaluating long-term prescription opioid use are retrospective and based on filled opioid prescriptions from governmental databases. These studies cannot evaluate if opioids were really consumed and are unable to differentiate if they were used for a new pain or chronic pain or were misused. The aim of this study was to assess opioid use rate and reasons for consuming 3 months after being discharged from the emergency department (ED) with an opioid prescription.