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Comment & Response
April 2017

Persistent Opioid Use After Major Surgery

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Anesthesiology, Louisiana State University Health Science Center, New Orleans
  • 2Departments of Physical Medicine and of Rehabilitation and Anesthesiology, Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
JAMA Surg. 2017;152(4):411-412. doi:10.1001/jamasurg.2016.5655

To the Editor Soneji et al1 looked at rates of ongoing opioid use and found that about 0.4% of older opioid-naive patients continued to receive ongoing opioid therapy 1 year after major surgery. They believe their study provides reassurance that the individual risk of long-term opioid use in opioid-naive surgical patients is low.1

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