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Opioids Overprescribed After Arthroscopic Meniscectomy

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Hoag Orthopedic Institute's non-profit research arm Hoag Orthopedics recently published a paper that analyzed more than 100 cases to determine the volume of unused opioids following straightforward orthopedic surgery - in this instance arthroscopic meniscectomy.

The study found:

  • Surgeons prescribed 3,765 pills to the 102 patients - that's roughly 37 per patient
  • Only 573.5 were consumed
  • A total of 3,191.5 pills were unused and potentially available to the public

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