A summary from the AGA Journals Blog of a recent article highlights the increased use of chronic narcotics, not related to surgery, in pediatric patients with IBD.
Here’s a link: Chronic Use of Narcotics in Children with IBD and here’s an excerpt:
Jessie P. Buckley et al used data from a large insurance claims database, collected from 2010 through 2011, to compare the prescription narcotic use among children (younger than 18 years old) with and without IBD who were not undergoing surgery. Buckley et al also searched for factors associated with narcotic treatment of pediatric patients with IBD.
Of 4344 children with IBD during the study period, 63% had Crohn’s disease, and 37% had ulcerative colitis.
Buckley et al found that 5.6% among children with IBD vs 2.3% in the general population received chronic narcotic therapy. Associations between IBD and narcotic use revealed a particularly high burden among children with concomitant anxiety or depression.