Be Ready to Help Explain Opioid Discharge Rx Limits to Patients
You'll hear about limits on discharge opioid Rxs for ACUTE pain...due to new state and insurer restrictions.
Up to one in four opioid-naive patients get an opioid Rx at discharge. This is worsened by the fact that about half of post-op opioids go unused. These leftover meds set the stage for potential diversion...which may increase overdoses.
Now some states and payers are aiming to reduce dependence and overdoses by restricting days' supply or doses on first-time opioid Rxs.