Consumer Reports: Knee surgery linked to painkiller dependence

Posted: 7:40 PM, Jul 27, 2016
Updated: 2016-07-27 19:43:28-04

A new large scale study by researchers at Stanford University finds that some individuals can not stop taking powerful pain drugs once they've recovered from having knee surgery, Consumer Reports said .

According to Consumer Reports , the researchers found nearly all knee surgeries were linked with a higher risk of "chronic" opioid use, described as a patient filling 10 or more opioid prescriptions or receiving more than a 4-months' supply in a single year. 

Consumer Reports said of the 11 common procedures studied, knee surgery was most likely to be associated with long-term opioid use. 

Based on the study’s findings, about 7,200 Americans a year who weren’t taking opioids before knee surgery end up taking the drugs for a long time afterward. 

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