JAMA: Acute Extremity Pain in the ED, Opioid vs. Nonopoid Analgesic Pain Management

via Dr. Paolo:

Effect of a Single Dose of Oral Opioid and Nonopioid Analgesics on Acute Extremity Pain in the Emergency Department: A Randomized Clinical Trial
Andrew K. Chang, MD, MS; Polly E. Bijur, PhD; David Esses, MD; et al Douglas P. Barnaby, MD, MS; Jesse Baer, MD
JAMA. 2017;318(17):1661-1667. doi:10.1001/jama.2017.16190

Rothman adds:

The associated editorial may also be of interest.

Opioid vs Nonopioid Acute Pain Management in the Emergency Department
Demetrios N. Kyriacou, MD, PhD
JAMA. 2017;318(17):1655-1656. doi:10.1001/jama.2017.16725

Please also note that popular media is reporting (about as well/poorly as usual) about this study, mostly with very minor variations on the AP story.

Examples: https://news.google.com/news/story/dzQkeDa5_L-5SFM7R-uZfHJbcff9M?hl=en


Emergency departments provide nearly half of medical care in the U.S., study finds (via W. Paolo)


The study itself is here: http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/0020731417734498

PubMed: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29039720


The Secretive Family Making Billions From the Opioid Crisis (Esquire, via W. Paolo)

You’re aware America is under siege, fighting an opioid crisis that has exploded into a public-health emergency. You’ve heard of OxyContin, the pain medication to which countless patients have become addicted. But do you know that the company that makes Oxy and reaps the billions of dollars in profits it generates is owned by one family?