Almost all patients on long-term opioid drugs who used a hospital emergency department for primary care were treated using suboptimal prescribing practices and often left with no change in therapy, according to research from Southern Illinois University presented at the APS 32nd Annual Scientific Meeting. Researcher Chris Herndon said the next step is to develop interventions to ensure that patients coming to the ED are not discharged with an inappropriate opioid regimen. The records of 379,000 patients, including 9,956 with chronic pain and recent opioid treatment, were analyzed.

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