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Could Time Limits on Opioid Prescriptions Reduce Misuse?

June 2, 2022

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Presented by Health Lab

Most people who receive an opioid prescription – either from a recent dental procedure or operation – fill it on time, but a team of researchers from U-M has found that is not always the case. Kao-Ping Chua, M.D., Ph.D., a U-M pediatrician, and lead author, shares key insights from the study, finding that in 2019, about 1% of opioid prescriptions, approximately 260,000, from dentists and surgeons were filled more than 30 days after writing. Chua also discusses the impacts on the misuse of medications and provides suggestions for reducing delayed dispensing.

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