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Temporal Trends in Opioid Prescribing Practices in Children, Adolescents, and Younger Adults in the US From 2006 to 2018

Temporal Trends in Opioid Prescribing Practices in Children, Adolescents, and Younger Adults in... Key PointsQuestionHave specific opioid prescribing practices for children, adolescents, and younger adults in the US changed from 2006 to 2018? FindingsIn this cross-sectional analysis of US opioid prescription data, opioid dispensing rates have decreased significantly for children, adolescents, and younger adults since 2013. Overall, rates of high-dosage and long-duration prescriptions decreased for adolescents and young adults but increased in young children. MeaningFindings of this study suggest that total opioid prescriptions have decreased in patients younger than 25 years, but opioids remain commonly dispensed; further investigation into specific opioid prescribing practices may inform targeted interventions to ensure appropriate opioid prescribing in this subset of the US population. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png JAMA Pediatrics American Medical Association

Temporal Trends in Opioid Prescribing Practices in Children, Adolescents, and Younger Adults in the US From 2006 to 2018

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Publisher
American Medical Association
Copyright
Copyright 2021 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved.
ISSN
2168-6203
eISSN
2168-6211
DOI
10.1001/jamapediatrics.2021.1832
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Abstract

Key PointsQuestionHave specific opioid prescribing practices for children, adolescents, and younger adults in the US changed from 2006 to 2018? FindingsIn this cross-sectional analysis of US opioid prescription data, opioid dispensing rates have decreased significantly for children, adolescents, and younger adults since 2013. Overall, rates of high-dosage and long-duration prescriptions decreased for adolescents and young adults but increased in young children. MeaningFindings of this study suggest that total opioid prescriptions have decreased in patients younger than 25 years, but opioids remain commonly dispensed; further investigation into specific opioid prescribing practices may inform targeted interventions to ensure appropriate opioid prescribing in this subset of the US population.

Journal

JAMA PediatricsAmerican Medical Association

Published: Oct 28, 2021

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