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On the same page Standardizing opioid prescribing practices based on procedure-specific recommendations will streamline care, eliminate outlier surgeons and ensure everyone in the facility provides a consistent message to patients with respect to how many opioids they'll receive. If docs push back against standardizing their opioid use, push back harder. Most surgeons' prescribing habits are wrong and need to improve. The one factor that determines how many pills patients take after surgery is how many pills they receive. Studies have shown that with appropriate patient education, not only did patients consume less medication, but requests for refills did not increase. Surgeons who want to limit opioid use must stop overprescribing. It's that simple. OSM Dr. Englesbe (englesbe@med.umich.edu) is a professor of surgery at the University of Michigan and co-director of the Michigan Opioid Prescribing Engagement Network (OPEN) in Ann Arbor. S E P T E M B E R 2 0 1 8 • O U T PA T I E N T S U R G E R Y. N E T • 2 9

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