Opioid Tapering Linked to Healthcare Use, Medication Adherence

JAMA Network

About The Study: In this study of patients prescribed long-term opioid therapy, opioid tapering was associated with more emergency department visits and hospitalizations, fewer primary care visits, and reduced antihypertensive and antidiabetic medication adherence. These outcomes may represent unintended negative consequences of opioid tapering for policy makers and clinicians to consider.

Authors: Elizabeth M. Magnan, M.D., Ph.D., of the University of California, Davis, in Sacramento, is the corresponding author.

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