Opioid is a very dangerous substance that acts as an umbrella which holds many different illegal drugs. Such drugs include fentanyl and heroin. Different diseases might lead to prescription of opioid towards children. As the drug might be used to treat or control the disease, yet it is probably unhealthy with many side effects.
However, a new study conducted by a team of scientists from the Children’s Mercy Kansas City Hospital show that different results vary on children’s health from the use of opioid. The results were presented in the conference known as the Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS) 2019 Meeting, taking place on April 24 – May 1 in Baltimore. The study focuses on the fill patterns that children who are prescribed with opioid go through.
The study was led by MPH holder Abbey Masonbirnk who is a pediatric hospitalist at Children’s Mercy Kansas City. He commented on his study and findings saying, “In this retrospective cohort study of Medicaid-enrolled children and young adults (1 to 21 years old) we found that filled opioid prescriptions are relatively rare (1% of all visits) and adjusted rates decreased from 2012 to 2016. Providers frequently prescribed opioids combined with non-opioid analgesics and opioids with a black box or safety warning. Future efforts should support development of pediatric pain management guidelines based in a multimodal approach to minimize use of opioids and target reduction of opioids with pediatric safety warnings.”