Elective surgery fuelling chronic opioid use

Patients having orthopaedic procedures most likely to be discharged on opioids
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Elective surgery is the likely catalyst for new-onset opioid dependency for an estimated 13,000 Australians a year, researchers say.

In a study of 4000 patients who were discharged from hospital on opioids post-surgery, they found that 3.9% were still using the agents more than three months later.