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

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the opioid crisis. Reckless, unethical and immoral pre- scribing for the sake of monetary gain at the expense of human health and dignity is inexcus- able, yet was ram- pant among some so- called healthcare providers who profit- ed from those suffer- ing from opioid addiction. On July 1, 2019, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed into law legisla- tion requiring healthcare professionals to inform patients about the advantages and disadvantages of non-opioid alternatives to treat pain. Under the new law, the Florida Department of Health must create an educational pamphlet about non-opioid alternatives and healthcare facilities post the pamphlet on their websites. Healthcare practitioners are also required to distribute the pam- phlet to patients under their care. There is not a preponderance of evidence-based data that suggest that exposure to intraoperative opioids leads to addiction, even in for- mer addicts who are now in recovery. Yet here in Florida, I'm required to be very specific about all the opioids I administer, and patients are given somewhat frightening literature about the role opioids play in pain management, even those they receive when they're anesthetized. Apparently, it's no longer sufficient to tell my patients, "I will keep you 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 • J A N U A R Y 2 0 2 0 There are many alternative or adjuvant techniques that reduce or even eliminate the use of opioids.

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