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New Persistent Opioid Use After Minor and Major Surgical Procedures in US Adults

Brummett CM, Waljee JF, Goesling J, et al. New Persistent Opioid Use After Minor and Major Surgical Procedures in US Adults. JAMA Surg. 2017;152(6):e170504. doi:10.1001/jamasurg.2017.0504

  • New persistent opioid use after surgery is common, with approximately 6% of patients who were not on opioids before surgery continuing to use opioids more than 3 months after surgery.
  • Patients continue to use their opioids for reasons other than the pain from surgery.
  • New persistent opioid use after surgery is an underappreciated surgical complication that warrants increased attention.


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