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Many surgeons are prescribing more opioids than are needed

Posted: 3:40 PM, Nov 07, 2018
Updated: 2018-11-07 20:40:13Z

Many surgeons are prescribing more opioids than are needed.

Researchers from the University of Michigan studied data from over 2-thousand patients and found they only took about a quarter of the pills they were prescribed.

The size of the prescription played a bigger factor in their usage, compared with a patient's level of pain.
The more pills a person was given the more they used.

Researchers say the study shows patients need to have a way to dispose of unused pills safely in order to avoid addiction or overdosing.