Do You Monitor Patients for Proper Use of Opioids?

Prescription opioid use disorders rose from 12.7% in 2003 to 16.9% in 2013.
Prescription opioid use disorders rose from 12.7% in 2003 to 16.9% in 2013.

A recent study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (2015;314:1468-1478) found that among adults aged 18–64 years, the prevalence of non-medical use of prescription opioids fell from 5.4% in 2003 to 4.9% in 2013, but the prevalence of prescription opioid use disorders rose from 0.6% to 0.9% during that time frame. The model-adjusted prevalence of having prescription opioid use disorders among non-medical users increased from 12.7% in 2003 to 16.9% in 2013, according to researchers. The findings are based on a study of participants in the 2003–2013 National Surveys on Drug Use and Health.

Since prescription opioid use disorders are a growing problem, Renal & Urology News invites its nephrologist and urologist readers to answer the following poll question:

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