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How Do Former Opioid Addicts Safely Get Pain Relief After Surgery?

April 20, 2017 | National Public Radio

Nearly 1.5 million Americans were treated for addiction to prescription opioids or heroin in 2015, according to federal estimates, and when those people get seriously hurt or need surgery, it's often not clear, even to many doctors, how to safely manage their pain. For some former addicts, what begins as pain relief ends in tragedy.

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Certain Disorders May Increase Risk of Prolonged Opioid Use

April 12, 2017 | Outpatient Surgery Magazine

New, persistent opioid use after surgery may be associated less with surgical pain than with other addressable, patient-level predictors, according to a study conducted by researchers from the University of Michigan Medical School, Ann Arbor. "New, persistent opioid use represents a common but previously underappreciated surgical complication that warrants increased awareness," the authors write.

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Star athlete → injury → opioids → addiction → death

March 28, 2017

In 2015, more than two-thirds of fatal drug overdoses came from some form of opioid, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. As experts and families search for answers, there is growing evidence of an association between high school or college sports injuries and the prescription drugs that lead to addiction.

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