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February 2019
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Many patients have their first exposure to opioids following surgery. Yet with little guidance available to prescribers, overprescribing is a widespread issue, contributing to the nation's opioid epidemic as well as the problem of millions of leftover pills vulnerable to diversion into communities.

What does U-M research show about ways to reduce risk associated with opioid prescribing? This new research brief offers some insights.

Even as hospitals try to cut back on prescribing powerful but risky antibiotics for their patients, a new study shows that many of those patients still head home with prescriptions for those same drugs ---- increasing their risk of everything from "superbug" infections to torn tendons.

In fact, the hospitals that said they are actively trying to reduce use of a group of antibiotics known as fluoroquinolones were twice as likely to discharge patients with a new prescription for one of the drugs in that risky group according to a new study in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases by lead author Valerie Vaughn, M.D., M.Sc., U-M assistant professor of hospital medicine.

A new survey examines families' concerns about the facilities ---- and how proximity to schools, churches and day care centers could affect their children. Seven in 10 parents want to have a say in whether a dispensary is located near their child's school or day care, according to the latest University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children's Hospital National Poll on Children's Health.

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