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Intrathecal Narcotics. Opioids were know to the ancient Sumerians as of 4000 B.C.1971 Opioid receptor discovered1973 Receptors found in the brain1976 Receptors found in the spinal cord1979 Early reports of intrathecal opioids producing analgesia. Intrathecal Narcotics. Thoracic and Upper Abdominal ProceduresElective Total Hip Arthroplasty350,000 Procedures per year in the US 5 min to consent 15 min for procedure.

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