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2021 Dec 28

Health Educ Behav

Promoting Disposal of Left-Over Opioids After Surgery in Rural Communities: A Qualitative Description Study.


Huang LC, Johnson JE, Bleicher J, Blumling AN, Savarise M, Wetter DW, Cohan JN, Harris AAS, Kaphingst KA
Health Educ Behav. 2021 Dec 28:10901981211057540.
PMID: 34963358.


Patients rarely dispose of left-over opioids after surgery. Disposal serves as a primary prevention against misuse, overdose, and diversion. However, current interventions promoting disposal have mixed efficacy. Increasing disposal in rural communities could prevent or reduce the harms caused by prescription opioids.