Introduction: There is an opioid epidemic which has seen an increased mortality rate of 200% related to opioid use over the past decade. Prescription practices amongst ED physicians may be contributing to this problem. Our objective was to analyze ED physician prescription practices for patients discharged from the ED with acute fractures. Methods: We conducted a health records review of ED patients seen at two campuses of a tertiary care hospital with total annual census of 160,000 visits. We evaluated a consecutive sample of patients with acute fractures (January 1 2016–April 15 2016) seen and discharged by ED physicians. Patients admitted to hospital or discharged by consultant services were excluded. The primary outcome measure was the proportion of patients discharged with an opioid prescription. We collected data using a screening list, review of electronic records, and interobserver agreement for measures. We calculated simple descriptive statistics and estimated 4 months would be required to enroll 250 patients receiving opioid prescriptions. Results: We enrolled 816 patients, with 442 females (54.2%), median CTAS score of 3, and median pain score at triage of 6/10. The most common fractures were wrist/hand (35.2%) and foot excluding ankle (14.8%). An ED pain directive was used at triage for 21.2% and 281 patients (34.4%) received an opioid during ED stay, with tramadol (21.2%) being the most common. Overall, 250 patients (30.6%) were discharged with the following opioid prescriptions and median total dosages: hydromorphone (N = 114, median dosage 23mg, range 1–120mg), tramadol (N = 86, 1000mg, 200–2000mg), oxycodone (N = 33, 100mg, 10–170mg), codeine (N = 20, 600mg, 360–1200mg), and morphine (N = 9, 100mg, 25–200mg). Of patients prescribed hydromorphone, 61 (53.5%) were prescribed > 20mg. Overall, 35 patients (4.3%) had a pain related ED visit <1 month after discharge, of which 14 (40%) received an opioid prescription on initial discharge, and 12 (34.2%) received an opioid prescription upon subsequent discharge. Conclusion: Amongst patients presenting to the ED with acute fractures, the majority were not discharged home with an opioid prescription from ED physicians. Hydromorphone was the most common opioid prescribed, with large variations in total dosage. Despite only a minority of patients receiving opioid prescriptions, there were very few return to ED visits. To limit potential abuse, we recommend standardization of opioid prescribing in the ED, with attention to limiting the total dosage given.