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Mayo Clinic study suggests emergency departments not the main source for opioids

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ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -

Patients are less likely to receive an opioid prescription for a larger dose and longer duration from the emergency department than those written elsewhere, according to a Mayo Clinic study released Tuesday.

The study looked at 5.2 million opioid prescriptions written for acute or new-onset pain across the country between 2009 and 2015. 

Patients from the emergency department were 44 percent less likely to receive a prescription that exceeded a three-day supply. 

They were also 46 percent less likely to progress to long-term use. 

Mayo said these findings challenge common perceptions about the emergency department as the main source of opioids. 

The study was published in the Annals of Emergency Medicine. 

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