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Research Letter
September 4, 2019

Eliminating Unnecessary Opioid Exposure After Common Children’s Surgeries

Author Affiliations
  • 1Michigan Opioid Prescribing Engagement Network, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
  • 2Department of Surgery, Michigan Medicine, Ann Arbor
  • 3Division of Pediatric Urology, Department of Urology, Michigan Medicine, Ann Arbor
  • 4Section of Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Michigan Medicine, Ann Arbor
  • 5Division of Pediatric Otolaryngology, Department of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery, Michigan Medicine, Ann Arbor,
  • 6Section of Pediatric Surgery, Department of Surgery, Michigan Medicine, Ann Arbor
JAMA Surg. Published online September 4, 2019. doi:10.1001/jamasurg.2019.2529

From 1999 to 2016, opioid-related overdoses rose by 250% among children and adolescents.1 Acute pain after surgery or injury is the most frequent indication for pediatric opioid prescribing.2 However, prescribing is variable, and little is known regarding patient-reported opioid consumption and pain after pediatric operations to guide opioid prescribing.3,4

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