Initial prescription associated with long term opioid usage (via Paolo)

Characteristics of Initial Prescription Episodes and Likelihood of Long-Term Opioid Use – United States, 2006-2015.
Shah A, Hayes CJ, Martin BC.
MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep.
2017 Mar 17;66(10):265-269.
doi: 10.15585/mmwr.mm6610a1.
PubMed: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28301454
Full text PDF: https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/66/wr/pdfs/mm6610a1.pdf

Rothman adds:

The study has gotten some attention in the popular media as well- here’s what your patients may have read:

Ars Technica’s Beth Mole: With a 10-day supply of opioids, 1 in 5 become long-term users
https://arstechnica.com/science/2017/03/with-a-10-day-supply-of-opioids-1-in-5-become-long-term-users/

Vox: The risk of a single 5-day opioid prescription, in one chart
http://www.vox.com/2017/3/18/14954626/one-simple-way-to-curb-opioid-overuse-prescribe-them-for-3-days-or-less

CNN: Prescriptions may hold clues to who gets hooked on opioids, study says
http://www.cnn.com/2017/03/20/health/opioid-prescriptions-predict-chronic-use-study/

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