Journal Article

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

Wunsch H, Wijeysundera DN, Passarella MA, Neuman MD.

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.