“Published in the Annals of Emergency Medicine, a journal for the American College of Emergency Physicians, a new report, titled “Opioid Prescribing in a Cross Section of US Emergency Departments,” found that only 17% of patients discharged from the emergency department were given prescriptions for opioid pain relievers. The study also concluded that almost all of these prescriptions were immediate-release formulations and an overwhelming majority of them were small pill counts.
Dr. Lewis Nelson, one of the paper’s authors, warned of the adverse effects of prescribing emergency department patients with extended-release painkillers. “Long-acting and extended-release opioids are very dangerous,” he said in an interview. “They are associated with a great risk of overdose and death, as well as addiction and abuse. They are only appropriate for patients already using large amounts of short-acting, immediate-release formulations.”
Source: Forbes.com – May 6, 2015