Medication Reconciliation for Controlled Substances - An "Ideal" Prescription-Drug Monitoring Program.
N Engl J Med. 2012 May 30;
Authors: Perrone J, Nelson LS
The United States is in the midst of an epidemic of misuse of prescription opioids and related deaths. Between 1997 and 2007, the use of prescription opioids more than quadrupled,(1) and it has become clear that the risk of opioid overdose is correlated with the quantity of these drugs being prescribed.(2) This liberalization of opioid prescribing can be attributed to a heightened focus on pain management, reflected in such developments as a Joint Commission mandate that pain be assessed as a "vital sign," the use of pain scores to measure patient satisfaction, and an extension of the indications for long-term . . .
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