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When a vital sign leads a country astray—the opioid epidemic.

Chidgey BA, McGinigle KL, McNaull PP. When a Vital Sign Leads a Country Astray—The Opioid Epidemic. JAMA Surg. 2019;154(11):987-988. doi:10.1001/jamasurg.2019.2104.

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September 4, 2019
Chidgey BA, McGinigle KL, McNaull PP. JAMA Surg. 2019;154(11):987-988.

This commentary discusses how regulation, misinformation, and cultural beliefs influenced opioid prescribing behaviors for pain management that contributed to the opioid crisis. The author reviews efforts to address the problem, including a comprehensive approach to promote the use of nonopioid analgesics in perioperative care.

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Chidgey BA, McGinigle KL, McNaull PP. When a Vital Sign Leads a Country Astray—The Opioid Epidemic. JAMA Surg. 2019;154(11):987-988. doi:10.1001/jamasurg.2019.2104.