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Persistent opioid use common after minor and major surgical procedures

KEY POINT

Use of opioids 90 to 180 days after a minor or major surgical procedure was common and associated with factors such as tobacco use, alcohol and substance abuse, and select mental health and pain conditions, according to results of an observational analysis published in JAMA Surgery.

SOURCES

Brummett CM, et al. New persistent opioid use after minor and major surgical procedures in US adults. JAMA. Surg. 2017;[Epub ahead of print].