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Guidelines for Opioid Prescription: Why Emergency Physicians Need Support

Hillary V. Kunins, MD, MPH, MS; Thomas A. Farley, MD, MPH; and Deborah Dowell, MD, MPH
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This article was published at www.annals.org on 9 April 2013.


From the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Queens, New York.

Potential Conflicts of Interest: None disclosed. Forms can be viewed at www.acponline.org/authors/icmje/ConflictOfInterestForms.do?msNum=M13-0412.

Requests for Single Reprints: Hillary V. Kunins, MD, MPH, MS, New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, 42-09 28th Street, 19th Floor, Queens, NY 11101.

Current Author Addresses: Drs. Kunins, Farley, and Dowell: New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, 42-09 28th Street, 19th Floor, Queens, NY 11101.

Author Contributions: Conception and design: H.V. Kunins, T.A. Farley, D. Dowell.

Drafting of the article: H.V. Kunins, T.A. Farley, D. Dowell.

Critical revision of the article for important intellectual content: H.V. Kunins, T.A. Farley, D. Dowell.

Final approval of the article: H.V. Kunins, T.A. Farley, D. Dowell.

Collection and assembly of data: H.V. Kunins.


Ann Intern Med. 2013;158(11):841-842. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-158-11-201306040-00631
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In January 2013, the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene released guidelines to help reduce the misuse of prescription opioid analgesics by establishing standards for prescribing from the emergency department. In this commentary, authors employed by the department discuss the recommendations and why they are likely to help emergency and other physicians provide safer care for patients with pain.

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New York City ED discharge opioid prescribing guidelines.

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