Question of the Day – Wednesday November 6, 2019

Question – What are the risk factors for misuse of prescribed opioids?

 

Answer- A recent systematic review concluded “Although clinicians should endeavor to offer alternative pain management strategies to all patients, those who are younger, are male patients, and report a history of or current substance use or mental health diagnoses were associated with a greater risk of developing opioid misuse.” (Cragg A et al. Risk factors for misuse of prescribed opioids: A systematic review and meta-analysis. 2019 Anns Emerg Med 74(5):634-646)