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Poll examines parents' views on opioid use for pediatric pain

Eighty-eight percent of parents reported that nonopioid drugs such as acetaminophen, aspirin and ibuprofen were effective in treating pediatric pain, but most parents whose children were given opioid prescriptions do not ask about alternatives, according to an American Society of Anesthesiologists survey presented at Physician Anesthesiologists Week. The survey also found that 50% said they stored or would store opioids properly, and 39% disposed or would dispose of leftover opioids properly.

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