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After Surgery, Less Pain

Changing the norms of surgery may head off the addiction that can take root during recovery.

Surgery should improve the life of a patient. But a widely cited Stanford study from last year discovered that after 11 of the most common operations, patients had an elevated risk of becoming addicted to their painkillers.

When patients leave the hospital, as many as 40% of the opioid medications they’re prescribed aren’t used immediately, according...

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