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

Soffin EM, Lee BH, Kumar KK, et al. The prescription opioid crisis: role of the anaesthesiologist in reducing opioid use and misuse. Br J Anaesth. 2019;122(6):e198-e208. doi:10.1016/j.bja.2018.11.019.

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July 24, 2019
Soffin EM, Lee BH, Kumar KK, et al. Br J Anaesth. 2019;122(6):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.

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Soffin EM, Lee BH, Kumar KK, et al. The prescription opioid crisis: role of the anaesthesiologist in reducing opioid use and misuse. Br J Anaesth. 2019;122(6):e198-e208. doi:10.1016/j.bja.2018.11.019.