AANS Neurosurgeon | Volume 26, Number 3, 2017

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Study: Opioids Overused in Migraine Treatment, Regardless of Race

An investigation into racial disparities in migraine treatment came up empty, but instead it found a different concern that reaches across populations.

 

An investigation into racial disparities in migraine treatment came up empty, but instead it found a different concern that reaches across populations.

African-Americans are more likely to experience debilitating migraine headaches than whites, but a new study probing the issue found no evidence of racial disparities in treatment practices.

Instead, researchers report a different finding that affects everyone: opioid overuse.

“Our hypothesis was not proven,” says first author Larry Charleston IV, M.D., M.Sc., an assistant professor of neurology at the University of Michigan Medical School. “However, we found people were getting prescribed opioids as much as they were getting prescribed medications that are much better for migraines. This is an opportunity for clinicians to improve prescribing practices when treating migraine patients.”

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