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How many Vicodin is too many? University of Michigan has answers for doctors

Thursday, October 19, 2017

by Detroit Free Press

Doctors are prescribing 50 to 75 percent more addictive painkiller than they need, according to a new guide published by the University of Michigan. 

Michigan OPEN, an organization that aims to minimize the opioid epidemic in the state through a preventive approach focused on acute care prescribing, updated their list of prescription guidelines this month. 

According to the professors who created the guide, their recommendations for prescription amounts represent a 50-75% reduction in pills currently prescribed in most post-surgery cases. And still, there is a belief that these recommendations are over-generous.