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Tell Your Patients to Drink Up - Outpatient Surgery Magazine - March 2019

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1 1 6 • O U T PA T I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E • M A R C H 2 0 1 9 M ost patients who are hooked on opioids know exactly when they started down the slippery slope of addiction, and many think back to heading home from surgery with a pocket full of pills to overpower post-op pain. The Duke University Health System in Durham, N.C., may have been unwittingly contributing to the nation's prescription drug abuse epi- demic by sending patients home with excess amounts of opioids — they typically used only 30% of the pills they received and most did not dispose of the leftovers. Pain Is Personal Patients do well if you do away with a one-size-fits-all approach to managing their post-op discomfort. Daniel Cook | Executive Editor • ONE AND ONLY Anesthesiologist Padma Gulur, MD (right), and her colleagues at the Duke Perioperative Pain Care Clinic con- sult with patients leading up to surgery and support their recovery for 90 days post-op. Jack Newman, Duke Anesthesiology

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