Patients are often prescribed more opioids than they need following orthopaedic foot and ankle procedures, opening up the potential for diversion, according to Paper 327, which was presented yesterday at the AAOS Annual Meeting. 

The researchers conducted a prospective study of 1,009 patients undergoing outpatient procedures and found that participants were prescribed an average of 43 pills (median: 40), but consumed a mean of 22 pills (median: 20), for an overall utilization rate of 51 percent and an estimated 21,196 pills not taken. Learn more...

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