Medical Research: What is the background for this study?
Dr. Hooten: The purpose of the study was to investigate a gap in knowledge related to the progression of short-term opioid use to longer-term use.
Medical Research: What are the main findings?
Dr. Hooten: The main findings are that a history of substance abuse or tobacco use is associated with the progression from short-term to a longer-term pattern of opioid prescribing.
Medical Research: What should clinicians and patients take away from your report?
Dr. Hooten: Physicians and patients should be aware that a history of substance abuse and smoking may be risk factors for longer patterns of opioid use.
Medical Research: What recommendations do you have for future research as a result of this study?
Dr. Hooten: In future research, we plan to focus on the potential effects that the initial opioid dose may have on longer-term patterns of opioid use.
W. Michael Hooten, M.D, & Professor of Anesthesiology (2015). Substance Abuse and Tobacco Linked To Longer Term Opioid Use