Given that opioid addiction for many people starts with prescription medications, it is important that physicians use caution when prescribing opioids. The number of opiate prescriptions by emergency physicians has reportedly decreased over the past several years; however the opioid crisis is still a public health problem. Despite the education of providers and the presence of published guidelines, there are still an excessive number of opioids being prescribed from the emergency department (ED). This study proposed that changing the default settings for opioid quantities in the electronic medical record (EMR) might decrease the quantity prescribed.
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