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Older patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) who take opioids to relieve their symptoms increase their risk of dying from a respiratory-related complication compared with non-opioid users, according to new research

Looking at data from 88,000 patients with COPD, the researchers found that risk of COPD or pneumonia-related mortality increased when patients started taking opioids compared with patients who did not use opioids

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