HEART OPS CAN LEAD TO OPI­OID ABUSE!

National Enquirer - - HEALTH WATCH -

HEART surgery leads to longterm opi­oid use for some pa­tients, new re­search shows. About one in ten heart surgery pa­tients pre­scribed an opi­oid painkiller af­ter a coro­nary by­pass still use the drug more than 90 days later, ac­cord­ing to a Univer­sity of Penn­syl­va­nia study. What’s more, those pre­scribed the high­est doses are most likely be long-term opi­oid users. “Our find­ings sup­port a much­needed shift to­ward de­creas­ing opi­oid dosages at dis­charge,” said study lead au­thor Dr. Chase Brown.

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