Are Surgeons Contributing to the Opioid Crisis?


Surgeons who over-prescribe opioids to help patients manage their post-operative pain may be unwittingly “fueling addiction and death by overdose,” says Atul A. Gawande, MD, MPH, the notable surgeon and bestselling author. He says surgeons have a responsibility to combat the opioid crisis and should take advantage of electronic prescribing to limit use of the powerful painkillers. Read more from Outpatient Surgery.