Opioid abuse following urologic surgery documented

About 1 in 1,111 patients who undergo urologic surgery for conditions such as prostate cancer and kidney stones experience opioid dependence or overdose (ODO), a Loyola Medicine study has found.

Patients at highest risk for ODO were younger, underwent inpatient surgery, had longer hospital stays, were on Medicaid or Medicare or had a history of depression or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

The study by co-first authors Arpeet Shah, MD, and Robert Blackwell, MD, and senior author Gopal Gupta, MD, is published in the Journal of Urology.

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