- Providing a drug disposal bag in addition to standard discharge instructions to families of children receiving postoperative opioids increases the proper disposal rate by about 20%.
Why this matters
- Access to drug disposal products may complement efforts to reduce prescriptions in the fight against opioid addiction.
- Randomized study of 202 families of children (aged 1-17 years) who underwent otolaryngologic or urologic surgery and received an opioid prescription.
- Families were randomly assigned either to receive a drug disposal bag (n=103) on discharge or to standard care (n=99).
- Funding: National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences.
- Families who received a drug disposal bag reported a significantly higher rate of proper disposal vs those who received standard care.
- In intent-to-treat population: 71.7% vs 56.2% (P=.03).
- In per protocol population (families who had leftover opioids after resolution of child’s pain): 85.7% vs 64.9% (difference in proportions, 20.8%; 95% CI, 7.6%-34.0%).
- Single-center study.
- Study included young children only.
Coauthored with Antara Ghosh, PhD