Studies Examine Opioid Prescribing in CKD

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Concerning national and regional patterns of prescribing opioids to patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) were found in a pair of studies presented at Kidney Week.

A nationwide epidemic of opioid abuse and overdose has led to increased scrutiny of prescribing of this class of drugs. Patients with CKD are at increased risk of pain, and are more likely to be prescribed opioids than patients without kidney disease (7.5% vs. 5.4%), according to a study presented by Daniel Murphy, MD, Renal Diseases and Hypertension Fellow at the University of Minnesota.

Because opioids are cleared through the kidneys, their use among