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Journal Article

The prescription opioid crisis: role of the anaesthesiologist in reducing opioid use and misuse.

Soffin EM, Lee BH, Kumar KK, et al. British journal of anaesthesia. 2019;122:e198-e208.

Reducing opioid prescribing in pain management is a key strategy to address the opioid crisis. This review highlights the unique role of the anesthesiologist in this approach. The authors emphasize preoperative identification of patients at risk for long-term opioid use and suggest organizational, clinical, and research strategies that can be led by anesthesiologists to reduce opioid use.