From a review of 1,294,247 patient records from a database of commercial health plan information from a large number of managed care plans and is representative of the U.S. commercially insured population.
The rate of long-term use was relatively low (6.0% on opioids 1 year later) for persons with at least 1 day of opioid therapy, but increased to 13.5% for persons whose first episode of use was for ≥8 days and to 29.9% when the first episode of use was for ≥31 days.
(The study excluded patients with a substance abuse disorder diagnosis.)
CORRECTION: The title of this post has been corrected. It originally read, “Almost Half Of Patients Prescribed Opioids For A Month Get Hooked For A Year”. This is a good reminder of the Joint Commission’s lesson to not trust other people’s characterization of research and always read the source material.