By Robert Preidt, HealthDay Reporter
Original Source: health.usnews.com
TUESDAY, Jan. 30, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Following surgery, many patients head home with prescriptions for 30 or more opioid painkillers — enough to trigger addiction, warns a leading group of anesthesiologists.
The American Society of Anesthesiologists recommends using prescription painkillers sparingly, if at all, after surgery.
“Nobody needs a prescription for 30 or 50 opioids, and even those who are in major pain and may benefit should only take them for a day or two,” said Dr. James Grant, society president.
Opioid painkillers — such as OxyContin (oxycodone) and Vicodin (hydrocodone/acetaminophen) — are highly addictive. And addiction can…click here to continue reading