Most Seniors Won’t Abuse Opioids After Surgery

Seniors who receive prescriptions for opioid drugs to control pain after major surgery don’t usually end up addicted to them, research from Canada shows.

One year after having major surgery, less than 1 percent of patients over age 66 were still taking opioids, according to a report in JAMA Surgery.

Recent research has suggested the number of people who remain on opioids well after surgery was high, said study author Dr. Hance Clarke, of Toronto Western Hospital.

In a previous study, Clarke and his colleagues found only 3 percent of people who weren’t taking opioids before surgery were still taking them three months later. The new study followed patients for a longer period… Read More>>

Source: Reuters

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