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

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and empathy when addressing patients regarding their pain manage- ment issues. This encourages an ongoing dialogue. If a patient, for example, requests more opioids during the post-op phone call, or if you encounter the very rare patient who is truly drug-seeking, you can refer them to a pain specialist or their surgeon for appropriate follow- up care. Our shared obligation As medical professionals, we have a clear responsibility to treat patients' pain effectively and safely. We also have a clear responsibili- ty to help slow the tide of drug addiction and overdose deaths. Adopting best prescribing practices and having a plan in place to implement them will ensure you continue to provide patients with the quality care they deserve. 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 7 Ms. Millsap (cmillsap@mpscllc.org) is the COO at Monterey (Calif.) Peninsula Surgery Center, and serves on the California Ambulatory Surgery Association's board of direc- tors.

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