Use Safeguards With Fentanyl Patches

Fentanyl patches are still culprits in errors, overdoses, and deaths.

There are many reasons why they're risky...such as high potency, slow onset, and lingering effects after patch removal.

Fentanyl patches are especially dangerous when used in "opioid-naive" patients. They should ONLY be started in patients already taking strong opioids for at least a week...such as about 40 mg/day of oxycodone.

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