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

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safe and comfortable throughout your surgery." I appreciate the efforts healthcare providers are now making to implement opioid-sparing protocols and understand why we need leg- islation that advances the transparent use of opioids and limits the amount that can be prescribed to patients after surgery. Had surgical professionals been more responsible and ethical, and hadn't con- tributed to the opioid crisis that's having devastating effects on people from every walk of life, then the government wouldn't have to get involved in patient care. In the end, the pain management mantra my mentors taught me 30 years ago still stands today: Give patients what they need. Surgical professionals who follow that simple directive will manage post-op pain appropriately without contributing to the opioid crisis. The prop- er use of opioids is not a scary thing — they have a place in the anes- thesia armamentarium — but their judicious and appropriate use will mitigate surgery's role in the opioid addiction crisis. OSM Mr. Horowitz (unconscious@verizon.net), a longtime editorial board mem- ber, is the owner of Quality Anesthesia Care in Sarasota, Fla. 8 • 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

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