We ask authors to describe their impressions regarding the implications of their accepted work, how their findings will change practice, and what is noteworthy about the work.
Family-initiated efforts to monitor or manage opioid medications were more common when misuse was known only to family members or when the patient was seen as particularly vulnerable, especially when elderly or suicidal. These efforts were met with varying levels of acceptance by patients and were often unknown by clinicians. Our findings suggest that efforts to foster collaborative treatment planning involving patients, families, and clinicians could help reduce the risk of opioid overdoses.
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