Article: Opioid Prescription Should Include Risk Assessment

Opioid Prescription Should Include Risk Assessment

LAS VEGAS, Nevada — When Steven Passik, PhD, slipped on the ice earlier this year and tore his supraspinatus tendon, he needed rotary cuff surgery and was given a prescription for opioids to deal with the pain — no questions asked.

“They didn’t ask me who I am or what I do; they didn’t ask me a single question about my risk for opioid abuse,” said Dr. Passik, vice president, research, Millennium Health, a company based in San Diego, California, that provides urine and pharmacogenetic testing.

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