[Skip to Content]
Access to paid content on this site is currently suspended due to excessive activity being detected from your IP address 34.226.208.185. Please contact the publisher to request reinstatement.
[Skip to Content Landing]
Research Letter
December 6, 2017

Reduction in Opioid Prescribing Through Evidence-Based Prescribing Guidelines

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Surgery, Michigan Medicine, Ann Arbor
  • 2Section of Plastic Surgery, Department of Surgery, Michigan Medicine, Ann Arbor
  • 3Department of Anesthesia, Michigan Medicine, Ann Arbor
  • 4Section of Transplant Surgery, Department of Surgery, Michigan Medicine, Ann Arbor
JAMA Surg. 2018;153(3):285-287. doi:10.1001/jamasurg.2017.4436

Most opioid drugs prescribed by surgeons to treat acute pain following surgery remain unused,1 which results in excess medication in the community available for diversion.2 Diversion of leftover opioid medication is a major component of the current opioid epidemic.3 Identifying strategies to curb overprescribing could mitigate this risk. We evaluated the effect of evidence-based postoperative prescribing guidelines in an effort to reduce this excess.

×