Question - How do opioid prescribing patterns for female patients differ from opioid prescribing patterns for males?
Answer - The cited article notes “…women are more likely than men to be prescribed opioids, receive higher doses and be taking them for longer durations.” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Prescription pain- killer overdoses: a growing epidemic, especially among women. Atlanta, GA: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; 2013. Available from http://www.cdc.gov/vitalsigns/prescriptionpa inkilleroverdoses/index.html. as cited in Tran TH et al. Methadone, buprenorphine, and naltrexone for the treatment of opioid use disorder in pregnant women. 2017 Pharmacotherapy 37(7):824-839)