By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter
HealthDay Reporter

MONDAY, June 6, 2022 (HealthDay News) — Here’s a easy weapon to make use of in opposition to the opioid epidemic: New analysis finds that inserting deadlines on prescriptions for extremely addictive narcotic painkillers might scale back the chance of misuse.

In 2019, 1% of opioid prescriptions from U.S. dentists and surgeons have been crammed greater than 30 days after being issued, lengthy after the acute ache meant to be handled by the prescriptions ought to have subsided, the University of Michigan analysis workforce discovered.

Generalized to all surgical and opioid prescriptions within the United States, that proportion would translate into greater than 260,000 opioid prescriptions a 12 months which can be crammed greater than a month after being written, in line with the examine printed on-line not too long ago in JAMA Network Open .

“Our findings recommend that some sufferers use opioids from surgeons and dentists for a motive or throughout a timeframe aside from meant by the prescriber,” stated lead examine creator Dr. Kao-Ping Chua. He is a pediatrician and member of the college’s Child Health Evaluation and Research Center and Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation.

“These are each types of prescription opioid misuse, which in flip is a powerful danger issue for opioid overdose,” Chua defined in a college information launch.

State legal guidelines on expiration intervals for managed substance prescriptions could also be partly responsible, in line with the researchers.

In 2019, 18 states permitted prescriptions for Schedule II opioids and different managed substances — these with the very best danger of misuse — to be crammed as much as six months after writing, and one other eight states allowed these medication to be disbursed as much as a 12 months after the prescription.

“It’s perplexing that states would enable managed substance prescriptions to be crammed so lengthy after they’re written,” Chua stated.

Tighter state legal guidelines might assist forestall or scale back opioid abuse related to delayed filling of prescriptions, he urged.

The researchers pointed to Minnesota, which had a pointy drop in delayed meting out after it launched a regulation in July 2019 that prohibited opioid meting out greater than 30 days after a prescription was written.

Another choice is for prescribers to incorporate directions on the prescription to not dispense opioids after a sure period of time, the examine authors stated.

More info

There’s extra on prescription opioids on the U.S. National Institute on Drug Abuse.

SOURCE: University of Michigan, information launch, June 1, 2022

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