6 in 10 Children Got Oxycodone and Other Opioids After Tonsil Surgery, Study Says

A few decades ago, a healthy serving of ice cream and some Tylenol was the trick to recovering from a tonsillectomy—one of the most common children’s surgeries in the U.S., with more than 500,000 operations a year.

But a new study shows that as recently as two years ago—while the nation was in the grips of a pain-pill crisis—nearly 60 percent of kids were given and filled prescriptions for powerful and addictive opioids like oxycodone.