The researchers found that the rate of opioid prescribing was 1.22 times higher among survivors than among matched controls.
Most of the errors were made on handwritten prescriptions.
Surgeons must balance the pain-control needs of patients with the devastating consequences of the epidemic.
A recent survey published in JAMA revealed that three-quarters of patients prescribed opioids had shared those medications with someone else.
In a study of patients who had been prescribed long-acting opioid medications, 185 patients in the opioid group died.
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