Surgeons find opioids often overprescribed for elbow fractures in children: Patients only took less than 5 percent of prescribed amount, and one in five did not take any opioid medication to manage pain

Opioid drugs prescribed to children for pain relief after a typical pediatric orthopaedic procedure may be significantly overprescribed, according to a new study. The patients used less than 25 percent of the drugs, suggesting a potential risk of opioid diversion.

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