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Limit Opioid Dose, Duration for Treating Acute Pain

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Should we use opioids in the emergency department (ED)? People often present with tooth pain, for example, yet dentists tell us that some people keep these bad teeth so they can keep getting their opioids. What do we do with joint injuries that really are not a fracture? We have been told that just 1 prescription of opioids can lead to addiction and heroin use. In the ED, we have a very divided group of providers who will give out 6, 10, or 12 hydrocodone tablets for tooth pain and more...
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