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A new medical study showed that patients who took opioid painkillers three months after hip replacement surgery were more likely to need revision surgery at one and five years than those who stopped taking the drugs. Experts also worry about an increase in opioid overdoses.

Opioids are powerful painkillers that are the equivalent of morphine, such as OxyContin, Percocet and Vicodin — these drugs are also highly addictive.  Maria C.S. Ignacio and colleagues at the University of South Australia found that 42 percent of patients who needed revision surgery were still taking opioids one year after the original hip replacement.

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