Skip 
Navigation Link

1215 South Walnut Ave.
Demopolis, AL 36732 map map 

Access to Care: 800.239.2901

Addictions
Resources
Basic Information
What is Addiction?What Causes Addiction?How Do You Get Addicted?Signs and Symptoms of AddictionTreatment for AddictionReferencesResourcesFrequentlly Asked Questions about Addiction
TestsLatest NewsQuestions and AnswersVideosLinksBook ReviewsSelf-Help Groups
Related Topics

Anxiety Disorders
Depression: Depression & Related Conditions
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Resetting E-Prescriptions for Opioids Helps Curb Use: Study

HealthDay News
by -- Robert Preidt
Updated: Jul 18th 2018

new article illustration

WEDNESDAY, July 18, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Lowering the default number of opioid painkillers in electronic prescription systems reduced overall use of the drugs, a new study finds.

In electronic medical-record systems, prescriptions have a default number of pills. It's been suggested that reducing this number may help curb the use of addictive opioids, such as OxyContin.

In this study, researchers compared prescriptions for thousands of surgery patients before and after the default for opioid pills was lowered from 30 to 12.

After the change, the median number of opioid pills per electronic prescriptions fell from 30 to 20. Half got more pills, half got fewer.

Overall, prescriptions for 30 pills dropped from 40 percent before the change to 13 percent. Prescriptions for 12 pills rose from 2 percent to 25 percent.

The study, led by Dr. Alexander Chiu of the Yale School of Medicine, was published July 18 in the journal JAMA Surgery.

More information

The U.S. National Institute on Drug Abuse has more about prescription opioids.