This commentary discusses a meta-analysis published in JAMA Internal Medicine that evaluated the efficacy of opioids as treatment for back pain.
This guideline from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention makes 12 recommendations to improve communication about opioids for chronic pain, to improve the safety and effectiveness of pain treatment, and to reduce risks associated with long-term opioid therapy.
This study examines the frequency of opioid prescriptions filled within 7 days of extraction among Medicaid patients.
This Viewpoint discusses approaches to preventing deaths attributable to prescription opioid overdose.
Raebel and colleagues compare use of opioid medications for chronic pain 1 year before bariatric surgery vs 1 year after in a retrospective cohort study of 11 719 US patients from 2005 through 2009. In an Editorial, Alford discusses risks associated with opioid use and decreasing the need for chronic opioid therapy.