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Five-year trajectories of prescription opioid use

JAMA Network Open

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JAMA Network

About The Study: The results of this study of 3.4 million adults suggest that most individuals commencing treatment with prescription opioids had relatively low and time-limited exposure to opioids over a 5-year period. The small proportion of individuals with sustained or increasing use was older with more comorbidities and use of psychotropic and other analgesic drugs, likely reflecting a higher prevalence of pain and treatment needs in these individuals. 

Authors: Natasa Gisev, Ph.D., of UNSW Sydney in Sydney, Australia, is the corresponding author. 

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