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Prolonged opioid use rarely begins with surgery, study suggests

Friday, September 1, 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: David Waldrep
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The Los Angeles Times (8/17, Healy) reports that “patients who most frequently” proceed “to use opioid medications for six months or more” received “their first prescription for some sort of back pain,” according to research published online Wednesday in JAMA Surgery. The study found that less than one percent of patients studied “received their initial opioid prescription following an inpatient encounter.”

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