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Surgeon stewardship of the opioid epidemic: An introduction(Comments Off on Surgeon stewardship of the opioid epidemic: An introduction)

August 2, 2017

In this introduction to the annual RAS-ACS issue, the author describes the surgeon’s role in alleviating the opioid epidemic at the national, state, and local levels.


The general surgeon’s role in enhancing patient education about prescription opioids

The role of an interdisciplinary approach to minimize opioid use and enhance pain management, as well as the benefits of the Opioid Safety Initiative Toolkit, are described.


Postoperative opioid prescriptions: How surgeons can alleviate the opioid crisis

The Turn the Tide initiative is summarized as are alternative postoperative pain management strategies.


Surgeons and the opioid epidemic: Treatment and education strategies for the practicing surgeon

This article explains the effect of implicit biases on assessment and treatment of patient pain and describes how enhanced recovery after surgery protocols are used across  many specialties to reduce rates of opioid use.

Figure 1. CDS licensing and registration and medical education training requirements by state, as of June 21, 2017

Surgical leadership is required to reverse the opioid crisis

Describes how surgeons can help to reverse the opioid crisis through research and advocacy efforts and describes recent ACS efforts in this area.

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