Young JC, Dasgupta N, Chidgey BA, Stürmer T, Pate V, Hudgens M, Jonsson Funk M. Impacts of Initial Prescription Length and Prescribing Limits on Risk of Prolonged Postsurgical Opioid Use. Medical care. 2021 Nov 23. PMID: 34812786 [PubMed]
In response to concerns about opioid addiction following surgery, many states have implemented laws capping the days supplied for initial postoperative prescriptions. However, few studies have examined changes in the risk of prolonged opioid use associated with the initial amount prescribed.