EDC Faculty Wendy King and Steve Belle find that 1 in 5 Surgical Weight-loss Patients Take Prescription Opioids Seven Years After Surgery

Wendy King and Steve Belle, along with co-authors, have published a paper showing that while the proportion of adults with severe obesity using prescription opioids initially declines in the months after bariatric surgery, it increases within a matter of years, eventually surpassing pre-surgery rates of patients using the potentially addictive pain medications.