Published on Mon Jul 19 2021

Abrupt Discontinuation of Long-term Opioid Therapy Among Medicare Beneficiaries, 2012-2017.

Hannah T Neprash, Marema Gaye, Michael L Barnett

Concerns exist about abrupt withdrawal of treatment for the millions of Americans using long-term opioid therapy. Little is known about how patients are tapered from LTOT nationally.

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Abstract

With mounting pressure to reduce opioid use, concerns exist about abrupt withdrawal of treatment for the millions of Americans using long-term opioid therapy (LTOT). However, little is known about how patients are tapered from LTOT nationally.