Naloxone Curbs Opioid-Related Emergency Department Visits

From Pain Medicine News:

Naloxone coprescription reduces emergency department (ED) visits caused by unintentional opioid overdoses, according to a new study published in Annals of Internal Medicine.

In a two-year, nonrandomized intervention study, Phillip Coffin, MD, director of substance use research at the San Francisco Department of Public Health, investigated the effect of naloxone coprescription among 1,985 adult primary care patients who were receiving opioid therapy for chronic pain (Ann Intern Med2016 June 28 [published online]). The researchers examined potential relationships between opioid dose, the proportion of patients who received a prescription for naloxone and opioid-related ED visits, based on a chart review.

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