Many nonsurgical patients in U.S. are prescribed narcotics

11/13/2013 | U.S. News & World Report

An analysis of data on more than 1 million hospital admissions in the U.S. from 2009 to 2010 showed that more than half of nonsurgical patients received prescription narcotics, frequently at high doses. The West recorded the highest prescribing rate for narcotics among patients who did not have surgery, while the Northeast region had the lowest. The findings appear in the Journal of Hospital Medicine.

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