Teenagers are being given opioid painkillers long-term after surgery, signaling a potential risk for abuse and misuse of the high-dependence drugs, according to a study to be presented at the American Academy of Pediatrics 2017 National Conference and Exhibition. The study involved the analysis of more than 88,000 privately insured patients aged 13-21 who had undergone one of 13 common surgeries and, prior to surgery, had never been treated with opioids. A group of similar patients with no surgeries or opioid use was used as the control group. Researchers found that the incidence of new persistent opioid use – defined as ... Read More
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