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Opioids prescribed after low-risk surgical procedures in the United States, 2004–2012.

Wunsch H, Wijeysundera DN, Passarella MA, et al. JAMA. 2016;315:1654-7.

Harm related to opioid medications is rampant and growing. This data analysis revealed a very high prevalence of new opioid prescriptions following low-risk surgical procedures. The authors suggest that further studies examine an association between receiving opioids after a low-risk procedure and subsequent harm or addiction.