Trends in opioid prescribing by race/ethnicity for patients seeking care in US emergency departments.

  title={Trends in opioid prescribing by race/ethnicity for patients seeking care in US emergency departments.},
  author={Mark J. Pletcher and Stefan G Kertesz and Michael A. Kohn and Ralph Gonzales},
  volume={299 1},
CONTEXT National quality improvement initiatives implemented in the late 1990s were followed by substantial increases in opioid prescribing in the United States, but it is unknown whether opioid prescribing for treatment of pain in the emergency department has increased and whether differences in opioid prescribing by race/ethnicity have decreased. OBJECTIVES To determine whether opioid prescribing in emergency departments has increased, whether non-Hispanic white patients are more likely to… CONTINUE READING
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