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Post-Surgical Patients Are Rarely The Ones Who Start Long-Term Opioid Use

09:34 EDT 18 Aug 2017 | Kaiser Health News

Its more common for those who receive their first prescription for back pain or “other ill-defined conditions” to go on to use painkillers for six months or more, according to new research. In other news related to the national epidemic, the Cherokee Nation asks a judge to allow its lawsuit against opioid distributors and retailers to be heard in the tribe's own court. And KHN reports that the public health crisis is taking a toll on the nation's foster care system.

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