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Association Between Long-term Opioid Use in Family Members and Persistent Opioid Use After Surgery Among Adolescents and Young Adults

Harbaugh CM, Lee JS, Chua KP, et al. Association Between Long-term Opioid Use in Family Members and Persistent Opioid Use After Surgery Among Adolescents and Young Adults. JAMA Surg. 2019;154(4):e185838. doi:10.1001/jamasurg.2018.5838

  • Persistent opioid use occurred in 4.1% of patients with long-term opioid use in a family member compared with 2.4% of patients without long-term opioid use in a family member.
  • Long-term opioid use among family members is associated with persistent opioid use among opioid-na├»ve adolescents and young adults undergoing surgical and dental procedures.
  • Physicians should screen young patients for long-term opioid use in their families


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