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Opioid prescriptions linked to obesity

Over a quarter of long-term opioid prescriptions in the US are attributable to higher BMI, mainly through joint and back disorders

Two new studies from the Boston University School of Public Health (BUSPH) shed light on the relationship between obesity and the use of prescription opioids in the United States.

One of the studies, published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, finds that patients with higher body mass indices (BMIs) were up to 158% more likely to use prescription opioids long-term, and that 27% of long-term opioid prescriptions from 2000 to 2015 were attributable to higher BMIs. Read the full article at https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/04/200402155738.htm