Iatrogenic Opioid Dependence

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Opioid-associated morbidity and mortality are described by the Centers for Disease Control as a national “prescription painkiller overdose epidemic.” Today, 1 of every 25 adults regularly uses prescription opioid medications. Prescription opioid use results in greater healthcare utilization and associated expenditures, as well as increased rates of morbidity and mortality owing to unintentional overdose, misuse, abuse, and transition into heroin use. Nonetheless, one of the most common episodes for opioid prescribing is during the perioperative period, and opioids remain the cornerstone of postoperative pain management.

Source: http://www.scitechnol.com/surgery-clinical-practice.php


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