Patients in the US and Canada are likely to receive opioids after surgery

Patients in the United States and Canada are seven times as likely as those in Sweden to receive a prescription for opioid medications after surgery, according to a new multi-institutional study. Though the United States and Canada had similar prescription rates, patients in the U.S. were prescribed a much higher dosage – as measured by the total morphine milligram equivalents (MME).

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