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Study: Addiction Risk Low in Seniors Taking Postoperative Opioids

August 15, 2016

(Managed Care Magazine) – With the abuse of opioid painkillers a major public health threat in the United States, many worry that postsurgical use might trigger addiction. But a new study suggests that painkiller abuse is a problem in only a small fraction—less than one-half of one percent—of patients 66 years of age or older, according to a research letter published in JAMA Surgery.

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