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course, that means 3 out of 5 patients did not dispose of their opioids properly. But that rate is better than patients who received no educa- tion at all — the study showed less than 10% of these patients fol- lowed proper disposal protocols. Dr. Hannon suggests you provide educational materials about opioid disposal to surgeons, who can then pass the information along to their patients. He adds that it's important for patients to be educated more than once and through different methods — pre-operatively, post- operatively, and through post-op calls or texts. "At the end of the day, we're probably not where we need to be in terms of the percentage of patients who actually are properly dispos- ing of their pills," says Dr. Hannon. "But I think if you're able to raise the baseline rate of opioid disposal from 10% to 35%, that's a huge deal. If you're able to prevent at least one diversion of an opioid pill and prevent one life lost, that's a job well done." OSM 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 • 5 3

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