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Older heart, lung surgery patients at high risk for opioid dependence

from Medpage Today

Patients undergoing cardiac and lung surgeries have a higher risk for new persistent opioid use that can lead to dependence compared with other surgical patients, and the risk is strongly associated with the number of opioid pills prescribed, researchers found from a Medicare claims analysis. A total of 15.7% of formerly opioid-naive patients undergoing lung surgery and 12.5% having cardiac surgery in the study conducted by University of Michigan Medicine researchers continued to use the oral prescription painkillers months after surgery. more

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