Back Surgery to Dependency?

pills1One year after spine surgery, almost a third of patients were still using narcotic painkillers, reported a recent medical study. The findings were reported in MedPage Today after analyzing data from 172 patients who underwent elective surgery for repair of the cervical spine. Of those who were not using the drugs before surgery, 18 percent were using them a year later. Said Richard Deyo, MD, a professor of family medicine at Oregon Health and Science University who has done research on back pain and opioid use, “The worrisome thing is patients often are getting opioids because it is the easiest thing.”

Source: “Opioid Use Common After Spine Surgery,” by John Fauber,, October 9, 2013.