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Low risk of developing chronic opioid use following surgery, but transitional pain service needed

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Researchers at Toronto Western Hospital (ON, Canada) have measured rates of opioid use in patients up to a year after receiving major surgery. Opioids are routinely used after major surgery to treat postoperative pain; however, there are limited data concerning individuals developing persistent opioid use. This new study indicates that the risk of chronic opioid use in opioid-inaive patients is low; however, better risk identification and long-term support is needed.
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