“Having surgery always comes with risks. But a new study suggests a new one to add to the usual list: the risk of becoming a long-term opioid user.
About 6 percent of people who hadn’t been taking opioids before their operation, but were prescribed the drugs to ease their post-surgery pain, were still getting the drugs three to six months later, the study finds.
That’s long after the window considered normal for surgical recovery, say the authors of the national study, published in JAMA Surgery. The rate didn’t differ between patients who had minor surgery and those who had major surgery, but it was slightly higher in southern states.”
Source: MedicalXpress.com – April 12, 2017