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Society of Thoracic Surgeons: Heart and Lung Surgery Patients May Be at High Risk for Opioid Dependence
August 22, 2019
CHICAGO, Illinois, Aug. 22 -- The Society of Thoracic Surgeons issued the following news release:

The amount of opioids prescribed for patients after heart and lung surgery has a direct relationship with the risk for opioid dependency and "persistent opioid use" several months after the operation, according to research published online today in The Annals of Thoracic Surgery.

"Our data show that patients undergoing heart and lung surgery are at a relative . . .

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