Use of Opioids Before Surgery Predicts Consumption of Opioids After Surgery

March 22, 2022

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Presented by Health Lab

A new study from the U-M Medical School details important considerations for surgical patients with recent opioid use versus those who have never taken opioids. The researchers found that patients who had used opioids in the year before surgery consumed more opioid drugs 30 days after their surgery, had more prescriptions and more refills than patients who had not used the medications. Researchers discuss patient needs and explain how opioids continue to affect individuals across the United States as COVID-19 surges.

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