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One-third of children undergoing tonsillectomies can do so without using opioids to manage pain

ASA: Opioid-Free Pediatric Tonsillectomy Feasible

Majority of children opioid-free intraoperatively do not need opioids postoperatively
Colorectal surgery patients treated as part of an enhanced recovery after surgery (ERAS) program have less pain and use nearly half as many opioids as pre-ERAS patients

ASA: Enhanced Recovery Program Cuts Opioid Use After Colorectal Surgery

Findings show colorectal surgical patients can better manage pain with fewer opioids
Patients who initially see a physical therapist or chiropractor for low back pain rather than a primary care physician are much less likely to be prescribed opioids

Chiropractors, Physical Therapists Prescribe Fewer Opioids

Odds of short- or long-term opioid use higher for initial visits with physicians for low back pain
Opioids are commonly not needed but are overprescribed at discharge among women who undergo cesarean deliveries (CDs)

ASA: Unnecessary Opioids Often Prescribed After C-Section

Change in computerized order sets reduces use of oxycodone to treat pain after cesarean delivery
The U.S. opioid epidemic cost the nation's economy $631 billion from 2015 through 2018

Opioid Crisis Cost United States $631 Billion Over Four Years

Cost of opioid epidemic this year likely to be between $171 billion and $214 billion
Patients in the United States and Canada receive prescription opioids after surgeries at a rate that is approximately seven times higher than the rate in Sweden

Postop Opioid Rx Sevenfold Higher in U.S., Canada Versus Sweden

About 75 percent of patients in U.S. and Canada fill opioid prescriptions versus 11 percent in Sweden
Opioids do not provide improved pain control following a vasectomy and may be tied to a higher risk for persistent use

Opioids May Not Be Needed for Acute Pain Control After Vasectomy

Initially prescribed opioids have higher rate of persistent use but no acute improved pain control
Doctors should be more cautious when taking chronic pain patients off opioid painkillers

Caution Urged When Taking Patients Off Opioid Painkillers

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services issues guidance to help doctors taper patients safely
Even within an individual physician's schedule

Primary Care Appointment Time Impacts Prescribing of Opioids

Appointment time and running behind schedule significantly affect likelihood of opioid prescription
Receipt of prescription opioids is associated with an increased risk for death and hospitalization

eGFR Affects Risk for Opioid-Related Death, Hospitalization

Relative risk for death associated with opioids higher at lower estimated glomerular filtration rate