Opioid prescriptions generally go up, but not for all types of surgery 2

Opioid prescriptions generally go up, but not for all types of surgery



New findings show that between 2010 and 2016, new opioid prescriptions from surgeons increased by 18 percent. However, UPI reports that doctors have also begun to prescribe alternative painkillers, such as acetaminophen and ibuprofen, to reduce this trend – and it seems to be working. Researchers from the University of Michigan found that more than half of patients who underwent one of six surgeries did not take any opioids after the procedure.