Medication reconciliation for controlled substances--an "ideal" prescription-drug monitoring program.

@article{Perrone2012MedicationRF,
  title={Medication reconciliation for controlled substances--an "ideal" prescription-drug monitoring program.},
  author={Jeanmarie Perrone and Lewis S. Nelson},
  journal={The New England journal of medicine},
  year={2012},
  volume={366 25},
  pages={2341-3}
}
T 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, ref lected in such developments as a Joint Commission mandate that pain be assessed as a “vital… CONTINUE READING
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