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

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J A N U A R Y 2 0 2 0 • O U T PA T I E N T S U R G E R Y. N E T • 3 3 W hy should a breast biopsy patient receive the same amount of opioids as someone who's had both knees replaced? That one-size-fits-all approach to pain management has contributed to the nation's current opioid crisis — surgeons have been flying blind, often writing oversized scripts based on habit or opinion. What if your physicians had a guideline for how many opi- oids to prescribe for a particular procedure? Many say proscriptive prescribing would limit the number of unused and unneeded pills that continue to fuel the epidemic. A prominent leader in that charge is Chad Brummett, MD, co-direc- tor of the Michigan Opioid Prescribing Engagement Network (OPEN), a program launched in 2016 with support from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Standardized Scripts For Every Surgery Tailoring pill counts to procedure type will right-size your post-op opioid prescriptions. Joe Paone | Senior Associate Editor • MORE WITH LESS The nation's crisis has caused providers and facilities to figure out how to manage pain with far fewer opioids.

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