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Special Edition: Opioids - January 2020 - Subscribe to Outpatient Surgery Magazine

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4 • O U T PA T I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E • J A N U A R Y 2 0 2 0 L ike many Americans, my life has been radically altered by the opioid crisis. More than a decade ago, a family member was prescribed 50 pills of OxyContin for a rela- tively minor knee injury. This was well before the current epi- demic raised aware- ness of opioid misuse and abuse. My loved one was given (way!) more opioids than she needed, then manipu- lated the system to feed her ensuing addiction. I'm an anes- thesia provider and still didn't see the warning signs. Thankfully, my family member is on the road to recovery, but the emotional scars on us all remain. Statistics are compelling and important to consider as we judge the scope of the opioid addiction crisis and how to best address it, but don't lose sight of the fact that each number represents a struggling patient and friends and family On Point Give Patients What They Need The judicious use of opioids provides appropriate post-op pain control. Jay Horowitz, CRNA • TARGETED APPROACH The evolution of versatile and accurate nerve blocks has contributed to opioid-sparing analgesic techniques.

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