Study: Surgery-related opioid doses can drop dramatically without affecting patients' pain

Some surgeons might be able to prescribe a third of opioid painkiller pills that they currently give patients, and not affect their level of post-surgery pain control, a new study suggests. The researchers based surgery-related pain prescriptions on how patients actually use medicines, and educated both surgical teams and patients on pain control, resulting in a 65 percent drop in prescribed doses with no change in patient pain scores. …read more

Source: EurekAlert

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