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People Who Have had Weight-Loss Surgery Can be at High Risk for Opioid Overdose

July 5, 2022


Read time:

5-15 mins
Opioid Pills Medication Prescription Painkiller
Presented by Health Lab

Can bariatric surgery put you at higher risk for an opioid overdose? According to an algorithm determined by Michigan’s prescription drug monitoring system, one-third of patients who had bariatric surgery at U-M Health had a high risk of overdosing from prescription drugs. Oliver Varban, M.D., the co-director of the adult bariatric surgery program at U-M Health, talks about the algorithm and his team’s efforts to reduce the number of opioids prescribed.

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