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Opioid prescriptions after knee, hip replacement on rise, study finds
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Opioid prescriptions after knee, hip replacement on rise, study finds

Published: July 30, 2020  |  2 min read, 312 words
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Use of prescription opioids following knee and hip replacement has increased, a new study has found. Photo by Andersonvr/PixabayNinety percent or more of people undergoing total knee or hip replacement in 2017 received a prescription for opioid pain relievers within 60 days of surgery -- up from 82% three years earlier -- a study published Thursday by found.This increase occurred despite efforts by and others to discourage opioid use because of the risk for addiction and other side effects, according to the researchers."The dramatic increase in prescription opioids after joint replacement... READ MORE
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